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Network Rail plan: More trains and stations in the Midlands

Plans for more stations and extra trains in the Midlands will be revealed today Photo: PA

Plans for more stations and extra trains in the Midlands will be revealed today as part of Network Rail's five-year business plan.

The Strategic Business Plan will contain details of investment in rail network in the Midlands.

It will cover rail plans from 2014 through to 2019.

In the East Midlands, work will take place on the Midland Main Line which runs from St Pancras to Chesterfield as well as East Midlands local routes.

Improvements in the East Midlands include:

  • £514.61m investment into the electrification of the Midland Main Line - claimed to allow more frequent and reliable trains
  • £137.22m to remodel the line at Derby to increase capacity
  • £31.49m of extensions on the Midland Main Line
  • £458.94m on improving capacity on the south end of the Midland Main Line
  • Longer trains which it is claimed will adress to issue of overcrowding on trains into London

In the West Midlands work will include:

  • Scheme to build a flyover at Norton Bridge to separate cross country trains on the Birmingham to Manchester route and those on the West Coast Main Line. Aso improvements to the speed of trains in the area and renewal of signalling.
  • Bromsgrove and Redditch Cross City service extensions
  • Coventry to Nuneaton upgrade to provide new stations and extra trains
  • Electrification and new tracks on the line between Coventry and Leamington
  • Walsall to Rugeley electrification