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Piling work clears way for West Midlands rail upgrade

Network Rail has reported that piling and foundations work on the Rugeley Trent Valley to Walsall railway improvement scheme has been successfully completed.

The Chase Line rail route is currently closed until 29 August to enable electrification structures to be installed and completion of the foundations is a key milestone in the work.

Network Rail project sponsor Martin Tiller said: “This work, part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, will mean passengers travelling between Rugeley and Birmingham via Walsall will have a better, more reliable railway.

“The work is going to plan and we are progressing well. Unfortunately these upgrades cannot be done while trains are running so we have had to close the line between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley for 16 days.”

Work to install 40 piled foundations, 20 concrete foundations and 12 precast concrete bases has now been completed, along with installation of 52 out of 100 new steel structures. Over the next week, the remaining steel structures and overhead cables will be installed and 2,800m of rails are scheduled to be replaced.


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