Birmingham-Black Country-Shrewsbury

We're examining the case to increase services from three to four per hour, made possible by capacity released post-HS2.

Quick, reliable and comfortable rail services allow businesses to attract and access a wider pool of skilled workers, giving people more choice over where they live and work.

However, services on the Shrewsbury-Black Country-Birmingham corridor are slow and often unreliable and overcrowded. To support the economy, we must build in more capacity to make space for new services.

Network Rail forecasts that, without intervention, the corridor will soon be subject to "acute overcrowding". We are working with West Midlands Rail Executive to examine the case for increasing services on the corridor from three to four per hour, made possible by capacity released post-HS2.

These plans could introduce a direct, hourly service from Shrewsbury, Telford and Wellington to London, as well as doubling services to Birmingham International.

Our work will also examine the economic case for speeding up Shrewsbury-Birmingham services from 56 minutes to 45 minutes, via track upgrades and possible electrification.

56 mins -> 45 mins

Shrewsbury-Birmingham journey time saving


In line with HS2 Phase Two

£200 million

Estimated capital cost of improvements

Next steps

A feasibility study is due for completion in 2020. The estimated capital cost of delivering improvements is an estimated £200 million.

Support for Midlands Engine Rail

“For too long commuters in Shropshire have had to endure slow, infrequent and indirect services – Midlands Engine Rail provides the capacity and connectivity our towns and cities need to thrive. As we work towards a carbon-zero future, its essential that we encourage commuters and visitors to get out of their cars and onto trains, as well as opening up access to skilled labour across the region."

Gill Hamer, director of Marches LEP

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