Line speed improvements at Cannock

As part of the extensive programme of enhancements and renewals work to the London North Western and East Midlands route, VolkerRail; over the course of three consecutive weekends, has delivered track work for Network Rail to facilitate line speed improvements through the Bloxwich area.


Video footage shows the team undertaking renewals and realignment works at Bloxwich level crossing, as well as the abolishment of a the existing level crossing.

The team laid over 4,200t of ballast and 2,000 sleepers throughout the 156 hours of possession time that will eventually increase line speed to 60mph from 45mph.

Graham Shaw, VolkerRail senior project manager said: “Cannock has been a challenging project from its inception, however, the team in collaboration with Network Rail and other major stakeholders are working extremely hard to ensure the ORR milestone of May 2018 is met.”