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Major earthworks to start at Stafford rail development site

Tens of thousands of tons of earth can be transported within a rail development site near Stafford and kept off local roads following construction of a new bridge.

The works will involve 230,000m3 of earth – enough material to fill almost 100 Olympics-sized swimming pools – being moved across the new road bridge which spans the existing Stafford to Crewe railway line at Norton Bridge.

At peak operations around 30t of earth will be moved every 45 seconds by articulated haulers crossing over existing railway lines within the development site.

Earth taken from cuttings will be used to make embankments or bunds elsewhere within the site.

During the works around 1M.t of earth will be moved in total.

When the earth-moving is complete, the bridge will form part of a new 1.2km diverted section of the B5026 Stone to Eccleshall Road, set to be opened later this year.

The work is being delivered by the Staffordshire Alliance – a partnership of Atkins, Laing O’Rourke, Network Rail and VolkerRail.

Staffordshire Alliance manager Matt Clark said: “It was great to see the first load of earth go across the bridge as it was the culmination of months of hard work and the team is very proud.”

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