We are installing a new signalling system in the Clacton-on-Sea area to replace the Victorian equipment with modern technology, bringing it into the 21st century.

The new computer-based signals will replace the system which uses mechanical levers and pullies to change signals and track points to allow trains to switch between tracks. The new system will be controlled from a powered signal box at Colchester. 

Alterations will also be made to the overhead line equipment and the track layout will be remodelled and updated to cater for a modern railway with powered switches and crossing controlled by the new signals.

Benefits of the programme

These works are a vital part of our strategy to provide a safer, reliable and more efficient railway putting our passengers first. The work will:

  • Improve the overall safety and reliability, reducing faults which cause delays
  • Support a more sustainable and efficient railway using modern technology
  • Help reduce ongoing maintenance as the new mechanical equipment will be more reliable meaning we can reduce costs and it will be less disruptive to the railway in the future.

The new signalling system will compliment Greater Anglia’s new fleet of trains and delivery a better, overall journey experience for passengers.

When are we going to deliver this work?

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The early preparation works began in the winter of 2019 and have been progressing over the spring/summer of 2020 with major works required through the autumn and winter of 2020. The majority of works are expected to be completed in spring 2021.

Further details of the programme will be available from this webpage in the coming months.

Will this work affect train services?

To allow us to complete this important re-signalling and renewals programme, we are carrying out work over weekends and during a 23-day closure, starting on Saturday 20 February 2021, when trains will be replaced by rail replacement buses.

Work will take place during the following weekends, with rail replacement buses in operation on the following routes:

Between Thorpe-le-Soken and Clacton-on-Sea

  • Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September
  • Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September
  • Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September
  • Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October
  • Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October
  • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October
  • Sunday 25 October
  • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February
  • Saturday 20 February and Sunday 14 March
  • Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March
  • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April
  • Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April

Between Hythe and Walton-on-the Naze

  • Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2020
  • Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October
  • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October
  • Sunday 25 October
  • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February 2021
  • Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February
  • Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February
  • Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March
  • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March
  • Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March
  • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April
  • Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April

Rail replacement bus services will be provided for all affected journeys during this time.

The work is expected to be completed in spring 2021.

Please check before you travel on the Greater Anglia website.

Contact us about our renewals programme

If you’re interested in finding out more about our programme to replace signalling equipment, please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.