Repairs are currently being made to a broken overhead power line between Birmingham New Street and Smethwick. No trains since 3:45pm this afternoon have been able to pass the affected area. Problems are likely to last until 8pm tonight.
At present, no trains can leave or arrive at the north end of Birmingham New St, which is causing severe congestion, with some trains waiting up to 30 minutes for a vacant platform.
The impact on the London Midland services is as follows:
- No trains running from Coseley, Tipton, Dudley Port or Smethwick Rolfe Street – rail tickets are being accepted on National Express West Midlands buses
- Passengers to/from Smethwick Galton Bridge can still travel to Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor St – a short walk from New St station
- Virgin Trains are running some trains from Sandwell and Dudley to Wolverhampton and direct to Birmingham International
- No local services running between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New St (some non-stop services being provided by CrossCountry)
- Birmingham to Liverpool trains running between Crewe-Liverpool only at reduced frequency
- Birmingham New St to Rugeley will run hourly, with Birmingham to Walsall running two trains per hour instead of four
- Redditch to Lichfield Trent Valley will run half-hourly with six carriage trains calling at all stations (usually up to every 10 mins on parts of route)
- Birmingham to Shrewsbury trains running from Wolverhampton only
National Express West Midlands are accepting London Midland tickets between Birmingham New St and Longbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Wolves and Walsall for the rest of the day.
Midland Metro trams are also accepting London Midland tickets.
All services through New St may have a knock-on impact on trains across the UK.