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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.

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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 2012

2012

Salisbury to Exeter
Control of line to be transferred to Basingstoke. The following boxes to be close: Gillingham, Templecombe, Yeovil Junction, Chard Junction, Honiton and Feniton. Salisbury remains for now.
TCB (with axle counters in some places) will replace the Tokenless block system currently in use.

2012

Castleford
Cutsyke Junction to be abolished

2012

Droitwich-Stourbridge-Kinsgwinsford
Hartelbury Station, Kidderminster Junction, Blakedown, Stourbridge Junction Middle and Kinswinsford Junction South to be abolished.

2012

Bletchley
Bletchley PSB to close, area to be controlled from Rugby SCC.

2012

Rugby
Rugby PSB to close, area to be controlled from Rugby SCC.

2012

Stalybridge
Stalybridge box to close, signalling controlled from Manchester East.

2012

Prescot
Prescot box to be abolished. Area will be controlled by St Helens station.

2012

Warrington (Low Level)
Crosfields Crossing, signalling to be controlled from Monk's Siding.

2012

Acton Central - Kew
Bollo Lane Junction and Kew East Junctions abolished, area now controlled from Acton Wells Junction.

2012

Swindon
Swindon "B" box to close

2011
to
2012

Newport
Newport PSB to close.

24 December 2011
to
3 January 2012

East Kent
The first stage of the East Kent resignalling project is to take place, with new signalling controlled from a new box at Gillingham (prefix EK) which was built in 1994 but never brought into use (and has been used since then as a Network Rail document store).
Boxes to be abolished:
Faversham (1959). Box is not to be demolished, panel destined for the National Railway Museum, York.
Margate (1913)
Ramsgate (1926)
Canterbury East (c1911). Although intended to be demolished, last-minute attempts are being made to get the building listed).
Shepherdswell (1878). Box intended to be removed to the nearby East Kent Railway for preservation.
Fringe boxes will be Sittingbourne, Minster and Folkestone

July 2012

Gosberton
Box renewed around July. Old box demolished.

August 2012

Hartlebury to Kingswinsford
August Bank Holiday w/e 2012.
Hartlebury Station, Kidderminster Junction, Churchill & Blakedown, Stourbridge Middle and Kingswinford to close and be resignalled/recontrolled to Stourbridge Work Station in West Midlands Signalling Centre.
Fringe Boxes will be Droitwich Spa and Kidderminster Station [SVR]

September 2012
to
October 2012

Leeds-Harrogate
Horsforth and Rigton signal boxes to be abolished.

30 September 2012
to
15 October 2012

Littlehaven
Littlehaven gate box to be abolished, crossing to be controlled from Three Bridges.
This sees the abolition of one of very few wheel-operated gated crossings on the former Southern Region.

17 November 2012

Madeley Junction
Madeley Junction box abolished.

25 November 2012

Polmont
Polmont (NX Panel) abolished. Area now controlled from Edinburgh IECC.

25 November 2012

Millerhill
Millerhill (panel) box abolished. Area now controlled from Edinburgh IECC.

25 November 2012

Immingham
Immingham East Junction box closed. This box was 99 years of age, and contained a BPRS slide frame. The sole operational survivor of the type is now at Immingham Reception Sidings.

August 2012
to
December 2012

Ely to Norwich
Resignalling between Ely and Norwich is planned and will see the abolition of Shippea Hill, Lakenheath, Brandon, Thetford, Harling Road, Eccles Road, Attleborough, Spooner Row and Wymondham signal boxes.
This resignalling scheme is one of the two pilot schemes for "Modular Signalling".
Several level crossings along the line are intended to be controlled through the new technology of "Obstacle Detection".
Shippea Hill, Lakenheath, Brandon and Thetford closed 19/8/12 with Harling Road becoming a temporary fringe box.
Harling Road, Eccles Road, Attleborough, Spooner Row and Wymondham closed on 1/12/12.

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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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