Bloxwich level crossing is to permanently close as Network Rail continues to upgrade the railway between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley.
The upgrade and electrification of the line, part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, means that trains will be faster, more frequent and quieter through the area.
To keep local people safe and reduce risk, the crossing will be permanently closed from midnight Friday 12 January 2018.
Network Rail has worked closely with Walsall Council to plan the closure and provide alternative ways of crossing the railway.
A new road bridge at Central Drive provides access over the railway for motorists. A pedestrian footbridge will be built and is due to open in summer 2018.
While the crossing is closed and the bridge is being built, a free shuttle service will be provided for pedestrians who need to cross the railway.
Martin Tiller, sponsor for the Chase Lane upgrade for Network Rail said: “We are investing over £100m to improve journeys between Birmingham New Street and Rugeley Trent Valley via Walsall. Passengers will benefit from a more reliable train service and those who live near the railway will see a reduction in railway-related noise as electric trains are quieter than diesel trains.
“Closing the crossing is an important part of the upgrade and will make it safer for local people to cross the railway using the new footbridge or the new road bridge at Central Drive.”
Cllr Lee Jeavons, portfolio holder for transport and regeneration at Walsall Council, said: “The Council has always supported Network Rail’s electrification project of the Walsall to Rugeley Trent Valley railway, also known as the Chase Line. Not only will it improve Walsall’s connections with the region, which is vital to the economic growth of the borough but it also reduces noise levels for local residents.
“Since the start of the project we asked that Network Rail keep residents and local businesses informed of the plans to close the crossing. It’s important we have assurances that disruption will be kept to a minimum.”
Work which will take place through the area once the crossing has closed includes realigning the track and raising the speed limit of trains from 25 to 50 mph.
For more information visit www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/lnw/chase-line-electrification-rugeley-to-walsall/.