Newts moved ahead of Norton Bridge West Coast Mainline work
- 26 May 2013
- From the section Stoke & Staffordshire
Experts are having to move newts so work can start to upgrade part of the West Coast Mainline through Staffordshire.
The great-crested newts have been found living at the site at Norton Bridge where work is due to start in July for a new railway flyover.
A special reserve is being built for the newts, which by law can only be handled by experts, at Shallowford.
In the meantime, the amphibians are being kept in a temporary pool nearby.
Network Rail chiefs say the new flyover will help remove a "major bottleneck" on the route through Stafford.
Work is expected to continue on it until 2017.