Spring bank holiday signals finishing touches for £250m railway upgrade between Stafford and Crewe

Published on : Thursday, May 26, 2016

2Passengers heading through the Stafford area over the spring bank holiday are being urged to check before they travel as work takes place to complete the £250m railway upgrade between Stafford and Crewe.

 

Network Rail, as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, will be working to remove one of the last major bottlenecks on the West Coast main line which will help create capacity for additional passenger and freight services in future between Birmingham and Manchester, London and the north west. It will also improve reliability and journey times.

 

The railway between Stafford and Crewe will be affected rom start of service on Saturday 28 May until the start of service on Tuesday 31 May.CrossCountry and Virgin Trains long-distance services are being diverted, adding up to 25 minutes to journey times, and some London Midland services are being replaced with buses during the work.

 

Martin Frobisher, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “We’d like to thank passengers for their patience as we put the finishing touches to a scheme which will remove one of the last major bottlenecks on the route and improve the reliability of the railway and speed of trains though the area.

 

“Building this new railway to improve services for passengers is part of our wider Railway Upgrade Plan which will help meet the demands of an increasing number of passengers for many years to come. Our investment also helps the railway support economic growth, job creation and house building around Britain.”

 

Andy Cooper, managing director of CrossCountry, said: “Completion of these works over the bank holiday will ensure we will be able to take full advantage of the extra capacity the new flyover provides, delivering faster journeys and more reliable services.

 

“Regrettably these works require our trains to be diverted and we are asking anyone travelling over the bank holiday to check their journey details carefully, as some customers journeys may take slightly longer.”

 

Phil Bearpark, executive director of operations and projects at Virgin Trains, said: “We have worked closely with Network Rail to keep disruption to a minimum, whilst this important work is carried out. We advise customers to check before they travel and thank them once again for their patience and understanding. The final touches to the work at Stafford will improve the rail network and offer increased reliability in the future.”

 

Steve Fisher, head of regional services at London Midland, said: “The new track layout at Norton Bridge is all about making passenger journeys easier and simpler through Staffordshire. It will allow local and long distance services to pass through the county more easily, making better journeys for everyone.”

 

Andy Cooper, managing director of CrossCountry, said: “Completion of these works will ensure we will be able to take full advantage of the extra capacity the new flyover provides, delivering faster journeys and more reliable services.

 

“Regrettably these works require our trains to be diverted and we are asking anyone travelling over the bank holiday to check their journey details carefully, as some customers journeys may take slightly longer.”

 

The new section of track and a key flyover opened to trains at Norton Bridge following the Easter bank holiday, allowing trains travelling to Manchester from the south and West Midlands to travel over, rather than across, the existing tracks.

 

As well as paving the way for more services in future, the Stafford scheme has involved installing more reliable signalling and improvements between Stafford and Crewe to allow trains to travel at faster speeds.

 

Source:-Network Rail

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