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PICTURED: Bridge work back on track in £78m electrification scheme

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Works to rebuild a rail bridge in Walsall has resumed as part of a £76million electrification scheme.

Network Rail is creating a new bridge at Park Street in the town centre opposite Marks & Spencer and New Look.

People will still be able to access the route during the day although there may be some overnight restrictions.

Network Rail work resumes in Walsall town centre

The reconstruction started in October and is due to go on until Easter.

The multi-million pound electrification involves 15 miles of track between Walsall and Rugeley.

It will mean more frequent services along the line and bring a host of benefits making trains route environmentally friendly.

Several bridges have had to be rebuilt to create enough clearance for overhead wires to be installed which will power the trains.

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Work was delayed on the Park Street bridge after engineers discovered the bridge, which dates back to the 1930s, was different to the original plans.

This resulted in a new plan had to be drawn up in order to remove all of the components by crane.

Despite the delay Network Rail bosses confirmed it will not affect the overall timetable of the electrification scheme which is due to be completed by the end of 2017.

Liam Sumpter, area director of Network Rail said: "Replacing this bridge is essential to allow the line to be electrified and while there will be some disruption when the work takes place, we have done all we can to keep it to a minimum. I'd like to thank local people and traders for their patience."

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