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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. There will be more carraiges on the route from May 2018 and an electric train service running from December 2018.

Electric trains are quieter, faster and more environmentally friendly.  They can also carry more passengers than the diesel trains we currently use. 

This work is part of the ongoing project by Network Rail - find more info here.


Alternative travel arrangements

  • Sunday 17 September
  • Sunday 24 September
  • Sunday 1 October

Rail replacement buses will call at all stations between Tame Bridge Parkway and Rugeley Trent Valley.

Buses will run to an amended timetable and journeys will take significantly longer than usual.

Download the Sunday travel arrangements leaflet for these dates. 

Always remember to plan your journey and check for the latest updates at

Rail replacement bus stop locations

Tame Bridge Parkway – buses will pick up and drop off by the green railings in the car park, outside the station.

Please note – when buses operate, there will be parking restrictions on the approach roads to Tame Bridge Parkway station. Please take note of signage for details.

Bescot Stadium – buses will pick up and drop off on either side of Bescot Crescent, outside the car park.

Walsall – buses will pick up and drop off on Station Street by the entrance to the NCP car park.

Please note – when buses to operate a parking suspension will be in place on Station Street for some of the parking bays.  Please take note of signage for details

Bloxwich – buses will use the public bus stop on Croxdene Avenue, between the station entrance and the roundabout.

Bloxwich North – buses will use the public bus stop in the lay-by outside the former Eagle Pub.

Landywood – buses will use the public bus stops on either side of Landywood Lane, near to the pedestrian crossing.

Cannock – buses will pick up and drop off on either side of Lichfield Road, near to the ramp to the platform by the railway bridge.

Hednesford – buses will use the public bus stops on either side of Cannock Road, just before the roundabout.

Rugeley Town – buses will use the public bus stop on Brereton Road, just before the junction with Wharf Road.

Rugeley Trent Valley – buses will pick up and drop off in the station car park.

Please note - when buses operate, there will be reduced parking at the station. We advise customers connecting onto rail replacement bus services towards Birmingham to use the car park at Rugeley Town instead.  

For maps of all these locations, download our rail replacement bus stop locations poster for the Chase line.

Using rail replacement buses

  • Always check the front of the bus for destination and calling points
  • If there are ticket purchasing facilities at your local station, you must buy a rail ticket before boarding
  • Replacement buses are unable to carry heavy luggage, bicycles, prams or animals (other than registered assistance dogs)
  • Replacement buses operating on this route should be fully wheelchair accessible.  If there are any issues with this, please call our special assist team on 0800 092 4260

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