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Feltham and Wokingham re-signalling programme

Between 2021 and 2024 we’re upgrading signalling equipment controlled by our Feltham Area Signalling Centre and Wokingham Signal Box to improve reliability.

State of the art signalling system
A state-of-the-art signalling system is being installed between 2021 and 2024

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).

Digital railway

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: 

Red signal
Red signal
  • 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 

Line closures

  • Between Monday 21 and Sunday 27 February 2022, the line between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside will be closed while we continue preparations for new signalling equipment. We will also carry out track maintenance to improve reliability and conduct routine structural inspections.
    Throughout these closures buses will replace trains between Staines and Windsor & Eton Riverside.
  • On Sunday 27 February, SWR services for Windsor & Eton Riverside will terminate at Hounslow and buses will operate between Hounslow and Windsor & Eton Riverside via Staines.
  • Between Friday 15 and Tuesday 19 April 2022 the line between Staines and Wokingham will be closed while we commission new signals between Staines and Virginia Water, completing phase two of this programme. We will also commission upgrades on four level crossings in the area.
    Buses will replace SWR services between Staines and Reading, Weybridge and Woking plus Ascot and Aldershot.

Level Crossing Closures

  • On Sunday 27 February 2022, Mays level crossing in Datchet will be closed to traffic all day.
  • Between 01:00 Saturday 26 March and 04:00 Tuesday 19 April, Chertsey level crossing will be closed.
  • Between 01:30 Saturday 2 April and 04:00 Tuesday 19 April, Camberley level crossing will be closed.
  • Between 01:25 Saturday 9 April and 04:00 Tuesday 19 April, Rusham level crossing will be closed.

This section will be updated as closures are confirmed. Please check back for updates.

This page will be regularly updated as work progresses. Please check back. 

Contact us

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.

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