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£250M Stafford rail upgrade on final stretch

Stafford rail upgrade

Network Rail says it aims to complete the £250M rail upgrade between Stafford and Crewe over the May bank holiday weekends.

The line will be temporarily closed from Saturday 30 April to Saturday 7 May and Saturday 28 May to start of service Tuesday 31 May so engineers can finalise and consolidate the job.

Network rail route director Martin Frobisher said: “The opening of the new flyover and railway in the Norton Bridge area at Easter marked the culmination of four years’ work which will help provide passengers with a more reliable and better performing railway though the Stafford area on the West Coast main line, one of the busiest rail routes in Europe.”

The new section of track and flyover at Norton Bridge opened after the Easter bank holiday, meaning trains from Manchester can travel over, rather than across, the existing tracks.

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