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Work to replace bridge over railway at Lichfield Trent Valley nears completion

A key part in the reconstruction of a bridge over the West Coast Main Line in Lichfield is nearing completion.

The bridge over the West Coast Main Line takes shape

The bridge over the West Coast Main Line takes shape

Work will begin on Saturday to lift the beams of an access bridge into place for the new Liberty Park development in Streethay.

The new industrial and warehouse development is expected to create up to 1,100 jobs, but has meant the old bridge had to be removed on Christmas Day.

Parts of the new bridge being lifted into place

Parts of the new bridge being lifted into place

But ten 33-tonne concrete beams flanked by two 40-tonne beams will allow vehicles to travel over the railway line once more.

Staffordshire County Councillor Mark Winnington said: “The bridge installation at Liberty Park marks a major step forward in the development which is progressing on schedule.

“It means our infrastructure works should be complete by the end of the year.

“The Liberty Park development is significant for Lichfield and for Staffordshire.”

The project has been backed by £4million from the Government’s Growth Deal and was the first such project to get underway in the county.

The new bridge is expected to should be completed by late autumn, while the project will also see improvements to Burton Old Road to improve access to the site.

Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust, said: “Since Liberty Park was launched in March this year, it has already attracted interest from potential occupiers well placed to create jobs and economic growth for the region.”

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  1. Darryl

    29th June, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    It’s a foolish person who argues against job creation.

    I know the residents of Streethay have severe concerns about HGV traffic along the residential stretch of road leading to the A38.

    The roundabout at Kwik Fit (A5127/A5192) is horrendous as is the pedestrian crossing and not to mention a nursery opened opposite Crossfield Road. That coupled with Amey rail traffic on station approach and the small roundabout further towards the A38, I wonder how much the council considered this traffic over and above the extra income from business rates?

  2. Samassi Abou

    29th June, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Damn right the residents are concerned. Yet Lichfield District Council decided to approve a new housing development for over 300 houses which will feed onto the Burton road down near the A38 too. What a shame our councillors don’t live quite as close to the development as the ones do at Alrewas which was turned down on the same night. What are the chances of that eh?

    All of this before the inevitable HS2 construction traffic gets thrown into the mix too. Yes there’s some real joined up thinking going on at the Council at the minute.