The bridge covering the railway under Park Street has been there for over a century and needs to be rebuilt in order for train electricity cables to run underneath from 2017.
Phase one of this rebuild has already begun this week, running until the end of November and it is already affecting Walsall shoppers. As during this time access to Marks and Spencer will be limited to the Saddlers entrance only.
However Network Rail has agreed to suspend work on the bridge at the end of November to accommodate the busy Christmas period. The work will recommence in January and is set to be completed by Easter 2016.
Walsall Council Deputy Leader Adrian Andrew stated
"Many people may not realise that Park Street is in fact a railway bridge. It was built many moon ago and isn't adequate for modern railway.
Electrification will bring great benefits to the town in terms of the economy, environment and reliability for train passengers but in the short term we accept there will be some disruption to the town.
We have therefore requested Network Rail to stop by the end of November to allow businesses and shoppers to take advantage of the busy festive season."
Network Rail have provided a 24-Hour National helpline for any queries on 03457 11 41 41
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