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Heavy rain sees Norton Bridge road diversion extended

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A temporary diversion that’s in place on the Stone to Eccleshall B5026 road is being extended until early December after heavy rain hampered work on the Norton Bridge rail development.

The diversion has been in place since 5th October to allow the final stage of the major road and rail development at Norton Bridge. The works should have been completed by 23rd November but will now continue until “early December”, Network Rail says.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We opened the new section of Meece Road on Wednesday evening (11th November). However, heavy downpours have restricted earth movement and led to extended periods of ground settlement elsewhere within the site which has delayed the completion and opening of the new section of the B5026 road.”

As well as the rail works, the B5026 Eccleshall to Stone Road will run along a new 1.2km section of road which is being built near to Norton Bridge.

During the diversion, traffic on the existing Eccleshall and Stone Road will continue to be re-routed to the north via Yarnfield at Meece roundabout. There’s more information HERE.

The Staffordshire Alliance of Network Rail, Atkins, VolkerRail and Laing O’Rourke is constructing a new rail-over-rail flyover at Norton Bridge which will deliver the capability for more passenger and freight services to run.

The work is part of a £250m investment which includes line-speed improvements between Norton Bridge and Crewe, re-signalling of the Stafford area and the new flyover. Eleven new bridges have been built along with six miles of new track. Around one million tonnes of earth is being moved and four rivers have been temporarily diverted

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