Walsall-Rugeley Railway Line:Written question - 8229

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Asked by Valerie Vaz
(Walsall South)
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Asked on: 21 July 2015
Department for Transport
Walsall-Rugeley Railway Line
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) work has been carried out and (b) expenditure has been made on work to electrify and upgrade the Chase Line from Walsall to Rugeley Trent Valley to date.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 07 September 2015

Network Rail is carrying out the work to improve the Walsall to Rugeley Trent Valley Line. They have advised that £27.3m has been incurred so far on the project to electrify the line. Work carried out to date has included the structures clearance work, detailed design of the electrification system, and the contract award to ABC Electrification, the main contractor.

The route clearance work is substantially complete and has gone well. This has involved 5 bridges being reconstructed, and 11 track lowerings being undertaken. The remaining significant civil engineering work is to lift the headroom in Park St Tunnel, Walsall, which is scheduled to be carried out from October 2015 to May 2016.

An interfacing scheme (journey time improvement between Ryecroft and Rugeley) is currently in the detailed design phase.

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