New junction at Stafford completed

Work at Norton Bridge, near Stafford
New junction on West Coast main line opens to traffic
Published Wed, 2016-03-30 11:42

A new flyover opened at Norton Bridge earlier this week, promising improved services for passengers in the Staffordshire area.

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Work at Norton Bridge, near Stafford © Network Rail

The new railway removes one of the last major bottlenecks on the West Coast main line by allowing trains travelling to Manchester from the south and West Midlands to travel over, rather than across, the existing tracks.

This will help create the capacity for more frequent services through the Stafford area as well as speeding up journeys and improving reliability on the West Coast main line, one of the busiest rail routes in Europe.

The first train to use the new flyover was the 5.11am CrossCountry service from Manchester to Bournemouth on 29 March.

The scheme is a £250 million investment, part of Network Rail’s £40 billion Railway Upgrade Plan, which has also seen new modern, more reliable signalling installed and improvements between Stafford and Crewe to allow trains to travel at faster speeds.

A key part of the upgrade is the new rail-over-rail flyover which means trains to Manchester, via Stoke-on-Trent, will now travel over the existing lines rather than having to slow down and criss-cross the tracks.

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