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Recent and forthcoming signalling alterations

Compiled by Nick Allsopp, Chris Bellett and John Hinson

Section C of the railwayman's special notices details alterations to signalling that take place. This section of the web site does the same, and covers significant alterations to signalling - past, present and future. The scope covers signal box closures, changes to methods of working and any other matters that are of interest. The records go back to the introduction of these pages in 1998.

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Note that where the period of an item covers more than a year (e.g. a major resignalling project), it will be listed on the page for the final year concerned. That year may be well into the future, even though some parts may have already been completed. You may have to do a little hunting to find such an item.

Network Rail have published an evolving list of planned dates for resignalling. Currently, the only mechanical signal boxes without a formal abolition plan and proposed date are Reedham Swing Bridge and Somerleyton Swing Bridge and these could survive to be the last mechanical boxes in the country.

New indicates entries that have been added or updated within the last week.

This section is managed by Nick Allsopp, who would be pleased to receive any additional information for these pages.


 

SIGNALLING ALTERATIONS 2003

October 2002
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2003

Thorpe Culvert
Due to increasing deterioration of the signal box structure Thorpe Culvert will need to be demolished and replaced. English Heritage have asked that a replica G.N.R. box be constructed. In the interim the signalling and level crossing gates will be replaced by modern equipment controlled from a small panel.
20/10/02: New colour light signals and new barrier crossing were commissioned, controlled from small panel in existing SB.
8-9/02/03: Panel moved into new temporary signal box (Portakabin on top of relay room). Original Signal Box to be demolished over the following weekend to make way for construction of the replica.

26 May 2001
to
28 November 2003

Hackney Downs - Bishops Stortford
Hackney Downs SB closed over the weekend of 25/28th May with the area coming under the control of Liverpool Street IECC (using S.S.I. technology). This is Stage 1 of the West Anglia Route Modernisation ("WARM") which will see Liverpool Street eventually linking up with Cambridge PSB. Many "searchlight" colour light signals to be abolished under this scheme.
Stage 2 resulted in the abolition of Seven Sisters and Enfield Town boxes and took place over the weekend of 24/25 November 2001.
Stage 3 (due in June 2002) will result in the abolition of Highams Park (gate box) and Chingford. Brimsdown will follow in August 2002.
Cheshunt Junction, Broxbourne, Roydon, St.Margarets, Ware and Hertford East are due to close on May 27th 2003 whilst Harlow Mill, Spelbrook and Bishops Stortford will close in the final stage in November 2003.

15 December 2003

Bournemouth Area Resignalling
The opening of the Bournemouth Area Signalling Centre has resulted in the closure of the existing boxes at Bournemouth and Branksome. Control of all the signalling between New Milton and Parkestone has passed to the new Signalling Centre which has a Siemens SIMIS W computer based interlocking using axle counters instead of track circuits.

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Thankyou to those who have already assisted with this section, including Forbes Alexander, John Armistead, Steve Gwinnett, Anthony Jones, Simon Lowe, John McCrickard, Frank Nicholas, Richard Putley, Adrian Webb and Nick Wellington, along with many others not named here (whether by accident or design).


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