We’ve installed 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 have a replaced a system which used mechanical levers and pullies to change signals and track points to allow trains to switch between tracks. The new system is now controlled from a powered signal box at Colchester.
Alterations have been made to the overhead line equipment and the track layout has been remodelled and updated to cater for a modern railway with powered switches and crossing controlled by the new signals.
£37m investment – signalling, track, overhead lines, power systems and telecoms
500m newly laid track – as part of the new track layout to achieve greater reliability and minimise disruption
12 Renewed Signals – solid state interlocking system with modern LED Signals
12 Renewed Points – power operated and linked to the new signalling system
11 New OLE Structures – and OLE infrastructure alterations in line with new layout
2 New Power systems – for the signalling and points heating equipment
Modernised Signalling System – to renew the obsolete signalling assets
Colchester Powered Signal Box – to renew the obsolete signalling assets
Download the Clacton resignalling timeline PDF.
Benefits of the programme
The upgrades have provided a safer, more reliable system and help us reduce faults which cause delays for passengers as they return to the railway. The modern technology supports a more sustainable, efficient railway and helps reduce ongoing maintenance costs as the new equipment is more reliable.
The new signalling system complements Greater Anglia’s new fleet of trains and delivers a better, overall journey experience for passengers.