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  • Settle and Carlisle

    We are improving the railway between Settle and Carlisle

  • We’re in the process of building a nationwide Railway Communications System (RCS), which involves the installation of around 2,200 railway-only communications masts. Four of these will be in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    This new system will allow continuous direct communication between train drivers and signallers for the first time. This means a safer, more reliable and punctual rail service throughout Britain, including on the Settle-Carlisle line. The RCS replaces the existing system which is outdated, does not provide full coverage and is expensive to maintain.

    We’ve been working with stakeholders, including the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the Wensleydale Railway and The Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Line, to find the best locations for the masts.

    Three will be on the site of existing masts, with only one new site needed. At a later date we will submit a further planning application so that we can provide coverage in the tunnels on the line.

  • RCS mast view from Garsdale stationGarsdale station – 15m lattice mast 

    This is a new mast located discretely to the north of Garsdale station in the existing railway sidings. Prior to selecting this location we consulted with representatives from the Wensleydale Railway Ltd.

    RCS mast view from Ribblehead station (before/after 2012)Ribblehead station – 18m lattice mast (reduced to 15m after 2012) 

    This will replace the existing 18m lattice mast at this location. When the current system ceases to be operational the height of the mast will be reduced to 15m.

    RCS mast - view from Dent station (before/after 2012)Dent station – 29m lattice mast (reduced to 15m after 2012) 

    This will replace the existing lattice mast at this location. When the current system ceases to be operational the height of the mast will be reduced to 15m.

    RCS mast - view from Horton-in-Ribblesdale station (before/after 2012)Horton-in-Ribblesdale station – 18m lattice mast (reduced to 15m after 2012) 

    This will replace the existing 18m lattice mast at this location. When the current system ceases to be operational the height of the mast will be reduced to 15m.

  • We understand the siting of any communications mast is sensitive. Before selecting a site we consider:

    • Does it help us achieve full coverage, allowing continuous communication between train driver and signaller?
    • The visual impact of the mast
    • Proximity to sensitive land uses and residential properties
    • Available Network Rail land
    • Access to a power supply
    • Accessibility: will the site be safely accessible during construction and later maintenance work?
    • Can we minimise vegetation removal ?
  •  Settle and Carlisle -map of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
    Yorkshire Dales National Park