We’re upgrading signalling across Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft between October 2017 and Spring 2019.
This £68m investment to upgrade the signals is a vital aspect of our railway upgrade plan to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway fit for the 21st century.
Our re-signalling project will improve:
- overall safety and reliability of the railway
- operational flexibility
- level crossing safety
- sustainability and efficiency using modern technology
- the duration of level crossing road closures reducing delays for road users.
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We are replacing the old mechanical signalling equipment with modern technology using colour LED signals. We are also replacing manually operated switches with powered switches controlled by a remote computer based signalling system.
Keeper operated level crossing gates will be replaced with a modern barrier type remotely controlled and operated by a railway signaller using CCTV.
Track layout at several locations will also be improved to cater for increasing capacity and reliability demands of a modern railway.
When our upgrades are complete, it will help to provide the level of reliability that our passengers expect from a modern railway.
The programme will include the following improvement work:
- Upgrades to signalling, track, power systems and telecoms.
- A new platform extension at Brundall station.
- Track remodelling on four lines for modern train operation.
- A new power supply system for the new signals.
- Upgrade of six level crossings with barriers and traffic light protection.
- Installation of stop lights at 11 user worked crossings for improved safety.
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Progress so far
We have made good progress since starting work in October 2017.
During a nine day closure, we worked day and night to upgrade the track around Great Yarmouth and Somerleyton stations, improving the way we operate and control the railway.
In Great Yarmouth, the manually operated station track points (which allows trains to cross between lines) were upgraded to powered operation which allows us to control the track switch remotely. We also removed redundant equipment from the railway to keep it tidy.
We have also planned ahead for the February 2018 works including completing surveys and delivery of materials so that we can make the best use of our time during the closure and deliver the planned works.
Works/Activities Coming Up
- 19 January 2018 – Lingwood and Chapel Road drop in session at Lingwood Village Hall (11:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 - 18:30)
- 21 January – Chapel Road level crossing closure (08:00 - 20:00)
- 28 January – Lingwood station level crossing and road closure (08:00 - 20:00)
- 30 January – Brundall drop in session at East Hills Café Bistro (10:30 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 16:30)
- 31 January – Cantley drop in session at Cantley Village Hall (10:30 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 16:30)
- 4 February – Strumpshaw level crossing closure (08:00 - 20:00)
- 10 to 19 February 2018 – Rail services will be suspended between Norwich and Yarmouth and Norwich and Lowestoft. Rail replacement bus services will operate calling at all stops except Berney Arms. During this period, works will be taking place at Lingwood station, Brundall station, Cantley station, Reedham station, Lowestoft station and junction, and Oulton Broad North station. Chapel Road, Strumpshaw and Cantley level crossings will be closed during this period. Brundall level crossing will be closed be closed on 11 and 12 February (18:00 - 06:00)
- Weekends of 10/11 February and 18/19 February 2018 – train services will be suspended between Lowestoft and Ipswich. A rail replacement bus service will operate on these dates.
- 3 March to 5 March – Cantley level crossing closure (between the hours of 23:00 - 04:00)