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Signalman at workSECTION C

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.

You are currently viewing the page showing alterations for 2009. To view details for another year, just make a selection from the dates below.

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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 2009

July 2009
to
2009

Greetland & Elland
The extension of Healey Mills PSB has seen the closure of the LMS "ARP" style box at Greetland and the BR ER box at Elland. Healey Mills panel now works TCB to Milner Royd Junction and Halifax.

May 2009
to
May 2009

Clacton Branch
Resignalling on the Clacton branch from Colchester to Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-Naze has seen the replacement of all the 1950's 'searchlight' colour lights with new equipment.
The signal boxes at East Gates and Thorpe-le-Soken have been closed and replaced by a new workstation in Colchester PSB. Clacton box however remains.
All level crossings on the route have now been modernised with barriers and CCTV control, including the controversial removal of the crossing gates at Frinton-on-Sea, a local landmark.

23 May 2009

Coventry - Nuneaton
The Coventry - Nuneaton line has been resignalled with control being divided between West Midlands CC and Rugby SCC.
This has resulted in the closure of the signal boxes at Coundon Road, Three Spires and Hawkesbury Lane.

24 July 2009

Greetland and Elland
LMS ARP style box at Greetland (the former Greetland No2) and the BR ER box at Elland. The area is now controlled by Heally Mills PSB which now works TCB to Milner Royd Junction and Halifax.

October 2009

Toton.
The latest stage of East Midlands Signalling Renewals has seen the Toton area come under the control of the EMCC at Derby. This has resulted in the Toton Panel in Trent PSB being abolished and also the closure of Stapleford & Sandiacre Shunting Frame.

December 2009

South Wales
Stage 1A of the South Wales Resignalling will see the opening of the South Wales Control Centre (SWCC) - initially it will signal trains between Patchway (where it will fringe to Bristol PSB) and East Usk.
Further stages will see the abolition of most existing signal boxes in South Wales with aspirations to control the MArches Line all the way to Crewe.

December 2009

Trent
Work over Christmas sees the completion of Stage 2B of East Midlands Signalling Renewals with the Trent Junction area transferring to EMCC.
This involves the closure of Lock Lane Crossing Shunting Frame and means EMCC will then work to Derby PSB (towards Spondon and Castle Donington) and to Leicester SCC.

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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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