Of all the buildings developed specifically for the railways, the trackside signal box holds a special place as one of the most instantly recognisable. We are working with railway heritage organisations to document the history, operation and way of life associated with signal boxes.
The consolidation of more than 800 signal boxes into state-of-the-art rail operating centres (ROC) is the next chapter in the history of signalling on Britain’s railway. Rail traffic management technology will improve both capacity and performance on the railway network.
While the traditional approach to signalling is to use trackside signalling equipment to control the safe movement of trains, we’re replacing this with modern, in-cab computer displays and control centre systems. This means the future of railway signalling belongs inside the train, bringing all information from one of our operating centres nationwide to the driver, instantly.
Our resignalling projects continue apace across Britain.
Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft
Upgrades to the signalling system on the Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft railway lines started in October 2017. The next phase of work is set to begin on Saturday 10 February 2018 as part of a £68m investment.
A total of 66 new colour light LED signals, 22 power-operated points and a remote computer-based signalling control system will replace levers and physical operations, providing safer and more reliable journeys for passengers.
A £200m project starting in July 2018 will relay new track and improve the signalling throughout the entire Derby station area, improving journeys to and through Derby station by reducing bottlenecks and enabling quicker and more efficient passage of rail traffic. It’s the biggest rail investment in Derby station for decades and a key part of the Midland Mainline upgrade.
We’re upgrading the signalling between Pudsey, Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Huddersfield and Shepley for more reliable journeys with fewer delays. This major investment, part of the Great North Rail Project, will see new signalling infrastructure installed across the route, with systems transferred to York ROC.
In October 2017, during the first nine days of phase one of the Liverpool Lime Street upgrade, a modern signalling system was installed to improve reliability and provide passengers with a better service. This allowed trains to run in and out of platforms 1 and 2 for the majority of the upgrade.