Passengers are being told disruption to train services between two Lichfield stations will now “continue until further notice” due to safety concerns.
Network Rail initially said it hoped to have emergency repairs to platform three at Lichfield Trent Valley completed by the end of yesterday (8th May).
But in an update to passengers, West Midlands Railway has now been confirmed that rail replacement buses will continue to operate to and from Lichfield City station on the cross city line for the foreseeable future.
The current platform had been due to be replaced in 2023, but talks are now taking place to bring that date forward after urgent issues were identified.
A temporary support structure is in the process of being installed by Network Rail to provide a short-term solution, but the work is now expected to take several weeks to complete.
The closure also means that those using West Coast Main Line services are also unable to access the bridge or lifts and will instead need to catch a link bus to the London-bound platform from the northbound ticket office side.
Jonny Wiseman, customer experience director for West Midlands Railway, said:
“I would like to thank our passengers for their patience while this important safety work is completed on platform three at Lichfield Trent Valley.
“The platform closure affects both cross city line trains and access to West Coast Main Line services so I would urge passengers to plan ahead and allow extra time.”Jonny Wiseman, West Midlands Railway