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Cross City south services disrupted until at least 1200 today

Press release   •   Aug 15, 2018 06:10 BST

A number of trees have fallen on the line near University and Five Ways stations and there has been damage to the embankment

Trains on the Cross City line between Birmingham New Street and Redditch / Bromsgrove are expected to be disrupted until at least 1200 today (15 Aug). This is due to a number of fallen trees on the line near University and Five Ways stations and damage to the embankment.

The first tree fell onto the northbound line towards Birmingham at around 1100 yesterday (14 Aug) and caught fire. The line was then closed in both directions for the remainder of the day.

A further two trees have fallen onto the line overnight and have been cleared. Network Rail is now working to repair the overhead lines.

There has also been damage to the embankment which will need assessing this morning.

As a result, there will be no trains running on the Cross City line between Birmingham New Street and Redditch / Bromsgrove until at least 1200 today. 

West Midlands Railway tickets are being accepted on local National Express West Midlands bus services between Birmingham New Street and Longbridge. Rail replacement buses are in operation for stations between Longbridge and Redditch / Bromsgrove. 

Trains between Birmingham New Street and Hereford are being diverted in both directions and are not calling at University. 

Trains between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield will run as booked.

Anyone affected by these changes should claim for compensation through delay repay

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About Abellio
Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. Every day our people provide rail, bus and tram services to 1.7m customers across the UK, Germany and in the Netherlands. In the UK we operate buses through Abellio London, as well as ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, and Merseyrail in a joint venture with Serco. In Germany we operate Abellio Deutschland, serving communities in North Rhine Westfalia, Saxony, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Hesse and Thuringia. Our role in transport extends beyond the journey from a-to-b. With our international heritage and our policy of sharing best practice, not just amongst ourselves, but across the wider transport industry, we provide thought leadership and truly innovative ideas which make a positive contribution to the communities we serve. For more information on Abellio visit www.abellio.com

About Mitsui
Mitsui is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading, investment and service enterprises in the world with 139 offices in 66 countries as of March, 2017. Utilising our global operating locations, network and information resources, we are multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects in the following fields: Iron & Steel Products, Mineral & Metal Resources, Infrastructure Projects, Integrated Transportation Systems, Chemicals, Energy, Food Resources, Food Products & Services, Consumer Services, IT & Communication, and Corporate Development Business. Mitsui is actively taking on challenges for global business innovation around the world. For more information, visit www.mitsui.com.

About JR East
East Japan Railway Company (JR East) was established in 1987, when Japanese National Railways was divided as part of a package of railway reforms. JR East’s railway business covers a 7,500 km (approx. 4,660 miles) network in the eastern part of the Japanese main island, including Tokyo Metropolitan area, and provides transportation services, comprising urban, suburban and high speed operations, for 17 million passengers on a daily basis. JR East also undertakes non‐transport commercial activities, which account for more than 30% of the total revenue of JR East Group. JR East contributes to passengers and communities it serves by delivering high degrees of punctuality, reliability and comfort and also continues to pursue higher levels of safety and service quality through technical innovation. For more information, visit www.jreast.co.jp/e.