Saturday 23 Apr – Sunday 22 May

Water Orton – Changes to CrossCountry weekend services through Birmingham

Network Rail will be making major upgrades to the train lines to the east of Birmingham New Street, at Water Orton.

Routes affected

  • Birmingham New Street to Leicester and stations for Peterborough, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.
  • Cardiff Central to Nottingham
  • Scotland, the North East to the South West  

An amended timetable will be in place over weekends from Saturday 23 Apr – Sunday 22 May. Trains will be diverted and bus replacement services will also be in operation during this period. Further work is planned for each of the weekends from Saturday 20 – Monday 29 August 2022.

Changes to the CrossCountry weekend timetable

From 1045 Saturday 23 Apr – Sunday 22 May 

  • Birmingham New Street – Leicester and stations to Peterborough, Cambridge and Stansted Airport
    Rail replacement road transport will operate between Coleshill Parkway, Water Orton and Birmingham New Street.
  • Cardiff Central – Nottingham
    Trains will run between Coleshill Parkway – Nottingham & Birmingham New Street – Cardiff Central. Rail replacement road transport will operate between Coleshill Parkway and Birmingham New Street.
  • Scotland, the North East to the South West
    Trains will not call at Tamworth. Journey times will be extended by one hour

Road Transport

Replacement road transport will depart from the front of the following stations:

  • Birmingham New Street – Pick up: Smallbrook Queensway outside TK Maxx. Drop off: Station Street
  • Water Orton – Station front  
  • Coleshill Parkway – Pick up: East car park. Drop off: West car park

Coleshill Parkway station car park will be closed from Friday 22 Apr until 10:00 Monday 23 May.

Why is this happening?

Network Rail engineers will be upgrading drainage and sewerage infrastructure alongside the railway. There will also be new bridge construction work between Birmingham, New Street and Water Orton. The work is part of a huge set of works to deliver long-term improvements and help prepare for the HS2 rail project.

How can I find out more on the day of travel?

The CrossCountry free Train Tickets app shows their latest travel updates, live train times and platform information direct to your phone and tablet.

Use our journey planner, or visit National Rail Enquiries for information about specific journeys on the day.