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Rail track laying record set

Network rail record

Workers on the West Coast mainline have set a new track laying record with 3km laid in eight hours.

A partnership between Atkins, Laing O’Rourke, Network Rail and VolkerRail, called the Staffordshire Alliance, is building a new rail-over-rail flyover at Norton Bridge. They set the record over weekend by using two new track construction machines in parallel.

Network Rail’s previous record for track-laying in a 48-hour period was 3,932m set by Network Rail High Output. However over the weekend the Alliance hit a peak production of 375m per hour to achieve 3km of track laid in eight hours.

Staffordshire Alliance manager Matt Clark said “This is another massive milestone for the project that has been achieved on programme, with the whole Alliance team pulling together to deliver an exceptional amount of earthworks and track in a very short space of time. We are all now focussed on the completion of the remainder of this Railway Upgrade Plan project that will remove a major bottle neck on the WCML, which will be great news for passengers.”

Overall the work has involved construction of 11 new bridges, six miles of new track and a new 1.2km section of road, as well as four river diversions and movement of over one million tonnes of earth.

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