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.
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.
How many new stops have been added? What is the length of the tracks? How many people will use the service? Click here for the answers.Read the full story ›
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.
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 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
For the business owners along the new tram lines whose shops have endured years of disruption, it has been a long and slow journey.Read the full story ›
We take a look back at the timeline of events of Nottingham's tram network from 2004 to 2015.Read the full story ›
Click here for a list of the new tram stops for Nottingham's Chilwell (Via Queen's Medical Centre & Beeston) - NET Line Three.Read the full story ›
Click here for a list of the new tram stops for Nottingham's Clifton (via Wilford) NET Line Two.Read the full story ›
Click here for everything you need to know about Nottingham's new tram, including routes, stops and statistics.Read the full story ›
Good weather for ducks but that's about all! Quite greasy on the road so take care. http://t.co/f7TcC6EKwm
Central Motorway Police have issued a warning to drivers to take extra care when travelling on the roads tonight.
This is due to the heavy rain we've been experiencing across the region, making surfaces particularly greasy.
AA top tips for driving in heavy rain:
- Use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced - generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres
- You may use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves
- Improve vision in wet weather by renewing windscreen wipers
- Stopping distances increase on wet roads so double the distance you leave between you and the car in front
- If steering becomes unresponsive due to the rain, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually