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Train disruption this weekend between Birmingham and Liverpool

Network Rail are urging passengers to check rail information before they travel this weekend, due to planned works to the railway near Stafford, which could affect journeys.

London Midlands trains will be replaced by buses between Birmingham and Crewe Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

The work to improve performance, reliability and line speed began last night, and will continue until Tuesday.

As a result, services provided by Virgin, CrossCountry and London Midlands will not be running through Stafford, and will be diverted, resulting in longer journey times.

A bus replacement service is running between Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford, calling at Stone.

On London Midlands services between Birmingham and Liverpool, trains will only be running between Liverpool and Crewe, with buses replacing the rest of the journey, calling at the usual stations along the way.

This is vital work will help to deliver regional and national benefits as the demand for passenger and freight services continues to increase on the West Coast main line.

We have carefully planned the work to take place over the August bank holiday weekend when it is traditionally quieter. However we appreciate that it will still cause disruption to passengers and I thank them for their cooperation and patience.

– Mark Killick, Network Rail

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QMC first hospital in country to be linked by a tram

A general view of the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham has become the first hospital in the country to be linked by a tram after the Phase Two extension was officially opened.

It is estimated 1,200 passengers will use the stop daily including staff, patients and visitors.

The service will run every eight minutes for 18 hours a day between 6:00am and midnight.

A Phase Two tram

Queen's Medical Centre statistics:

  • The hospital is 38 years old
  • 6,300 staff work at the QMC
  • It has 27 miles of corridors
  • 2,263 people pass through its doors everyday

Nottingham's Phase One tram makes almost one hundred million journeys

A tram passing through Old Market Square in Nottingham Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment/PA Images

Nottingham's Phase One tram network opened in March 2004. Over its 11 years in service 99,900,000 journeys have been made.

  • 2003/04 - 400,000
  • 2004/05 - 8,500,000
  • 2005/06 - 9,800,000
  • 2006/07 - 10,100,000
  • 2007/08 - 10,200,000
  • 2008/09 - 9,800,000
  • 2009/10 - 9,000,000
  • 2010/11 - 9,700,000
  • 2011/12 - 9,000,000
  • 2012/13 - 7,400,000
  • 2013/14 - 7,900,000
  • 2014/15 - 8,100,000

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