Between 2021 and 2024 we’re upgrading signalling equipment controlled by our Feltham Area Signalling Centre and Wokingham Signal Box to improve reliability.
The Feltham Area Signalling Centre and Wokingham Signal Box jointly covers 80 miles of railway and 500 separate pieces of signalling equipment, on key areas of the South Western Railway (SWR) network including Feltham, Hounslow, Shepperton, Twickenham, Windsor & Eton Riverside and Wokingham.
The existing equipment – such as signals, the traffic light system for the railway, and track circuits, which tell signallers where trains are on the network – dates back to 1974 and is becoming harder and harder to maintain.
In a long-term programme that will run through to mid-2024, we’re renewing that equipment with a modern equivalent that will be more reliable. We’ll also deliver a number of enhancements to improve train performance, as well as renew or upgrade 13 level crossings.
Once all those renewals and upgrades are complete, we will then move control of that equipment from Feltham and Wokingham to Basingstoke and into the Wessex Rail Operating Centre (ROC).
Our new signalling equipment uses digital technologies, which bring a number of benefits such as increased capacity for trains on the network, fewer delays, enhanced safety and lower costs.
In 2019 the Shepperton branch line, controlled by the Feltham Area Signalling Centre, became the first in the UK to use the Atkins ELIX system.
It’s just one example of how signalling is being transformed for passengers, business and freight operators under the rail industry’s Digital Railway programme.
What we’re doing
To install our new signalling equipment, we first have to conduct enabling works such as installing new cabling and signal posts. We then have to commission that equipment, which requires the railway to be closed to trains.
All of this work is done over a period of months and on different parts of the network.
The first phase of work, phase zero, was completed in June 2019 with the commissioning of new signalling equipment between Strawberry Hill and Shepperton.
Phase one, in the Strawberry Hill area, was completed in Easter 2021. Phase two, Virginia Water and Ascot, was completed in Easter 2022.
Phases three and four, in the Windsor, Staines, Feltham and Kew Bridge areas, are expected to be completed in August 2023.
Finally, phase five, in the Wokingham area, is expected to be complete in February 2024
- Between Saturday 13 and Tuesday 16 August 2022 the line between Barnes and Feltham will be closed while we install cables and deliver new signalling equipment as part of phase four of the project. SWR services between Barnes and Feltham will be replaced by buses and some services will be diverted via Richmond.
Level Crossing Closures
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