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Chase line electrification

Improvement works are taking place to enable electric trains to run between Walsall & Rugeley

An increasing number of passengers use our Chase line services each year, with major improvement works required to accommodate this growth.  Network Rail are investing £100m into electrifying the line between Walsall and Rugeley, so that a faster and more frequent service can run in the future.

Overhead wires are currently only installed as far as Walsall.  We currently run diesel trains for our Birmingham – Rugeley services as a result.  Once the electrification work on the Chase line is complete, electric trains will be able to run along the whole of the line, bringing a number of benefits.

Electric trains are quieter, faster and more environmentally friendly.  They can also carry more passengers than the diesel trains we currently use.  The combination of these benefits will allow a more frequent service to run on this line in future, reducing journey times between Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

This work is part of the Railway Upgrade Plan by Network Rail


Work will be ongoing throughout 2017.  Posters and banners have been produced to advertise up and coming dates and will be displayed at stations.

The work will mean service alterations between:

  • Wolverhampton and Walsall
  • Birmingham New Street and Rugeley Trent Valley

 Always remember to plan your journey and check for any last minute updates at

 Use the links to the pages below to see how your journey will be affected.