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Trains running between Glasgow, Birmingham and London will be delayed until at least 1pm this afternoon after a person was hit by a train at Tile Hill.
The incident is causing delays of up to 60 minutes between Birmingham New Street and Coventry.
Services being affected by the accident include:
- CrossCountry services between Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth.
- London Midland services between Birmingham New Street and London Euston
- Virgin Trains between Glasgow Central / Edinburgh / Birmingham New Street and London Euston
CrossCountry services will be diverted and will not call at Birmingham International or Coventry. Passengers affected by the delays may use the following alternative routes:
- CrossCountry passengers may use their tickets on London Midland and Virgin Trains on reasonable routes.
- Virgin Trains passengers may use their tickets on Chiltern Railways on reasonable routes.
Further updates will be posted on the ITV Central website and Twitter page with the hashtag #TileHill.
Timelapse footage shows the work that has gone into building the new atrium at New Street Station.
The demolition work that has been necessary to create the atrium, which will form the centre point of the Grand Central development, is due to be completed today.
6,000 tonnes of concrete from underneath the new atrium is being removed. The glass dome-shaped roof will mean the development will be lit naturally.
Network Rail is issuing the following advice to people using Birmingham New Street station this weekend, as it expects a surge in numbers of people visiting the city by train.
- Allow more time to catch your train – it is likely you will have to queue at peak times from Friday afternoon through the weekend.
- The station will be busy. Be prepared for large crowds using the station.
- There will be crowd safety measures in place. These are tried and tested and there for passengers safety.
- Last Saturday an additional 100,000 people used the station compared to an average Saturday (230,000 compared to 130,000)
Crowd control measures will be in force at Birmingham New Street Station again this weekend, after 100,000 more people than usual passed through the station last Saturday.
People reacted on social media last week that the concourse was overcrowded, and one person complained his 5 year old son had been injured.
@networkrailbhm never mind the footfall; children and pregnant mums were getting crushed at the bottom of your escalators today.
@networkrailbhm this was while your crowd management staff were around. It was dangerous and my 5yo got injured.
Network Rail said however they had received no formal complaints, and insisted the measures put in place were completely safe.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Black Friday shopping weekend were two of the reasons cited for it being unusually busy last weekend.
A timelapse video has been released by Network Rail, showing the progress of the £600 million revamp of Birmingham New Street.
Watch it here:
It comes after it was announced the new station will reopen in September next year.
A multi-million pound project to revamp Birmingham New Street Station will be completed by next September.
More than £600million has been invested into improving the station. The new 'Grand Central' shopping centre will also open, including John Lewis' new thirty five million pound Midlands flagship store.
There are delays of up to 40 minutes on London Midland, East Midlands Trains, Virgin Rail and Northern Rail between Liverpool Lime Street and Birmingham New Street due to a signalling problem at Mossley Hill.
The Transport Secretary will inspect the Birmingham New Street station development today.
Patrick McLoughlin will be given a tour of the £600 million project - taking in the new concourse and atrium.
The works are due to be completed in 2015.