Stourbridge Town branch line

We completed major track upgrades to the Stourbridge Town branch line to provide passengers with a smoother service.

Our team upgraded the track along this unique passenger service under a week long blockade, which started on Saturday 6 March 2021 and ended on Saturday 13 March 2021. 

The branch line, which connects Stourbridge Town and Stourbridge Junction, is less than a mile long, and believed to be the shortest branch line in Europe. 

To ensure maximum project efficiencies, the team worked collaboratively with Network Rail and West Midlands Railways to reduce the time needed to complete a project of this nature - from planning through to completion - from 18 months to just eight weeks. 

"This speedy upgrade of the Stourbridge Town branch line shows how the rail industry is coming together to get West Midlands routes in the best possible shape for passengers when they return, once coronavirus travel restrictions are eased."

Dave Penney Network Rail’s central route director