Network Rail’s Staffordshire Alliance completed the latest phase of its £250 million project over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with the conclusion of Stafford’s resignalling.
This work - known as Phase 2 - incorporated the installation of a new freight loop and replacement of life-expired signalling, telecommunications and power supplies. Control of the signalling has transferred from Stafford No. 4 and No. 5 signalboxes to Rugby. All platforms are now bi-directional and slow line speeds have been increased from 75mph to 100mph between Stafford and Great Bridgeford. Work began in spring 2014.
With Phase 1 completed in March 2014 (line speed improvements between Crewe and Norton Bridge), attention now turns to Phase 3 (the remodelling of Norton Bridge).
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