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.
Commissioning for phases two to five are anticipated as follows:
- Phase two: Virginia Water and Ascot – Easter 2022
- Phases three and four: Windsor and Staines, Feltham and Kew Bridge – August 2023
- Phase five: Wokingham – February 2024
Details of upcoming line closures will be published here.
Level Crossing Closures
We’re going to renew or upgrade signalling equipment for 13 level crossings, which will involve a number of closures. Major closures will be listed here.
In 2021, the following level crossings will be closed to traffic for the following dates:
- London Road, Sunningdale – Saturday 23 – Sunday 31 October
Between 2230 on Friday 22 October and 0600 on Monday 1 November there will be a full road and footpath closure while we carry out upgrades to Sunningdale Level Crossing, providing a safer and more efficient crossing for the public.
Trains will not run in the area on the two weekends during this period (Saturday 23 and Sunday 24, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31) with rail replacement bus services in operation.
Before this upgrade, highway works will take place in July and August, with footpath and both directional and full road closures:
0430 Monday 2 to 2230 Friday 22 August – southbound footpath closure
2230 Friday 13 to 0430 Monday 16 August – southbound directional road/footpath closure. Trains will not run on Sunday 15 August.
There will also be a full road/footpath closure, with no trains running, in April 2022. Full details will be available on this webpage nearer the time.
This page will be regularly updated as work progresses. Please check back.
For more information or to get in touch with us, please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on 03457 11 41 41.