Major rail works over Easter will continue to cause disruption to some commuters returning to work after the holidays, Network Rail has warned.
Work to replace a major junction between Birmingham and Wolverhampton will continue until Wednesday 30 March.
A Network Rail spokeswoman said engineers needed the extra days to complete the “big piece of work”.
Journey times will increase by up to 30 minutes, while replacement coaches between the cities will take one hour.
Easter rail passengers will also be affected by a £250m upgrade of the line between Stafford and Crewe.
A new flyover being built at Norton Bridge will “virtually complete” the upgrade and remove one of the last bottlenecks on the West Coast mainline, Network Rail said.
“It is being carried out at time which will have the least impact on the economy and the travelling public,” said a spokeswoman.
Passengers will see a “significantly reduced service” between New Street and Wolverhampton, with rail replacement coach services running from stations between the two cities until 30 March, adding up to 30 minutes to journey times.
The disruption includes:
Some Cross Country services not calling at Wolverhampton on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30. Journey times are unaffected
All London Midland services between New Street and Wolverhampton between 25 March and 30 March disrupted, with replacement coaches calling at local stations
Coaches between New Street and Wolverhampton to take one hour, compared to usual time train time of about 15 minutes
Reduced or disruption to Virgin Trains services between New Street and Wolverhampton over Easter Bank holiday weekend, but services between the two stations are unaffected on 29 and 30 March
Coach services will run between Crewe and Stafford and between Stoke-on-Trent, Stone and Stafford over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Travellers has been advised to check before setting out on their journeys.
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