Network Rail engineers worked through Christmas and new year to complete major improvements to the West Coast Main Line in the Midlands.
NR used the christmas period to complete a series of projects as part of the West Coast Main Line upgrade. There were two bridge replacements in Armitage-with-Handsacre. New Road bridge and the Trent and Mersey Canal bridge were replaced and new track and signalling equipment installed.NR completed work to realign track over Huddlesford Lane and the Coventry Canal bridge in Huddlesford. A bridge was replaced in Whittington. Burton Road rail over road bridge was replaced and new track and signalling equipment was installed. The last level crossing between London Euston and Crewe was removed at Hademore near Tamworth and replaced with a road bridge.At Rugby, engineers used a 1200 tonne crane to lift out the old 'Birdcage' bridge south of the station on Christmas Day. The bridge, built in 1898 and disused since the 1960s was in a poor condition and need to be removed. Network Rail Projects & Engineering Director Peter Henderson, said: 'The huge scale of work on the West Coast project over the Christmas break was quite phenomenal. The fact that it has been completed on time and on budget is a testimony to all the staff that gave up their holiday to ensure this important part of project was completed.'