Work has started on the first phase of a £250 million (about US$380.8 million) program to improve performance and capacity on the Stafford, U.K., section of Europe’s West Coast Main Line.
Leading the works is the Staffordshire Alliance, a partnership of Atkins, Laing O’Rourke, Network Rail and VolkerRail, working as part of a new collaborative contract to deliver the rail infrastructure project.
The Staffordshire Area Improvements Programme seeks to remove a major bottleneck through the Stafford area. Once complete, the program will facilitate the introduction of new timetables between 2015 and 2017.
The first phase of the project includes line speed improvements between Crewe and Norton Bridge, increasing the lines from 75 mph to 100 mph. The work will modify the overhead line equipment and install four new signals.