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Published on : Monday, November 25, 2013
The work forms part of the £250 million Stafford Area Improvements Programme, designed to enhance performance and capacity on the West Coast Main Line by removing a major bottleneck on the Stafford section of the route. The project will deliver:
Linespeed improvements between Crewe and Stafford
Resignalling of Stafford Station and the surrounding area
The proposed construction of six miles of new railway at Norton Bridge, including a new railway flyover, 10 new bridges/two bridge enhancements and road/river and footpath diversions (currently subject to a Development Consent Order (DCO) application)
At Norton Bridge, to support the programme in meeting tight timescales should the DCO be granted (with a decision expected in early 2014), essential pipeline diversionary works are required, with the first of these currently being undertaken under separate planning consent by the British Pipeline Agency (BPA) on land off the B5026 at Norton Bridge.
Last week saw a major milestone, with the BPA commissioning the newly realigned pipeline, with these works on schedule for completion next month.
In addition, National Grid will be carrying our further pipeline diversions in 2014. Whilst this diversionary work can only be carried out upon approval of the DCO, the project team has been granted consent by Stafford Borough Council to undertake a package of preparatory works, starting in January 2014 and including:
The establishment of a temporary works compound on land off Chebsey Lane (including the widening of the junction between Chebsey Lane and the A5013)
The installation of temporary haul roads (reducing the need for construction traffic to use the local country lanes)
The installation of a temporary bailey bridge over the River Sow
Matt Clark, project manager for the Staffordshire Alliance which is delivering the Stafford Area Improvements Programme explained: “We’re doing a huge amount of work improve the railway around Stafford and I would urge residents of Norton Bridge to come down and find out more. Our preparatory work starts soon, which will mean traffic management measures will be put in place so work can go ahead safely and traffic can continue to flow.
“Once the widening of Chebsey Lane junction is complete, the junction will be controlled by traffic lights for the duration of our work .Throughout all our work over the next 18 months or so, any construction traffic will be using clearly defined routes agreed with the local authority.”
In support of these preparatory works, Network Rail and the Staffordshire Alliance will be holding a dedicated information centre on Tuesday 10th December from 4pm until 8pm at St Luke’s Church Hall, Norton Bridge, where members of the project team will be on hand to answer any project related questions that residents or other stakeholders may have.
Source:- Network Rail