At around 6.30am today, the first trains passed over the new flyover at Norton Bridge.
The flyover was part of a larger £250M package of works carried out by Network Rail to remove one of the last remaining bottlenecks on the West Coast Main Line.
Norton Bridge rail improvement
Previously, a flat crossover junction at Norton Bridge meant that fast trains had to stop and wait for slower trains to pass through the junction, restricting capacity and creating delays. With the series of bridges now in place, fast trains can now ‘fly-over’ the slower ones decreasing delays.
The works were delivered as part of the Staffordshire Alliance, comprising consultant Atkins, contractors Laing O’Rourke and VolkerRail and owner and operator Network Rail. The alliance hit a new record in December 2015 with 3km of track laid in eight hours.