We've upgraded our signalling technology to make the railway more reliable in West Yorkshire.

This major investment for the North saw traditional lineside signalling systems modernised and transferred to Network Rail’s state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre (ROC) in York, bringing with it the closure of six signal boxes in West Yorkshire.

This scheme was delivered in two phases, the first phase – completed in January 2018 – saw the signalling upgraded on the Transpennine Route between Ravensthorpe and Marsden via Huddersfield. The second phase – completed in October 2018 – saw the signalling replaced on the Calder Valley line from Pudsey to Hebden Bridge via Bradford.

Phase one

Looking back: The Transpennine Route

As part of ongoing improvements to this major route across the Pennines, and in preparation for the Transpennine Route Upgrade, Network Rail in partnership with Siemens Rail successfully transferred the signalling from two signal boxes to the York ROC.
As part of this phase, Network Rail closed the Huddersfield and Healey Mills signal boxes, which were originally built in the 1950s. After three weekend closures of the route through Huddersfield, the third of which was completed in January, the first passenger trains on Monday 23 January were signalled from the York Rail Operating Centre.

Phase two

Looking ahead: The Calder Valley Route

Major work to the signalling system along the Calder Valley route took place in October. After two years of planning and preparation work, this temporary closure of the route marked the commissioning of a brand-new signalling system for this historical East-West railway through West Yorkshire.

This meticulously planned 72-hour closure allowed our specialist engineers to safely test all of the new signalling equipment on a clear railway, enabling a smooth transfer from Milner Royd (Bradford Interchange), Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Mill Lane (Sowerby Bridge) signal boxes, to the state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York. On the morning of Tuesday 23 October, trains passing through this area became the first to be signalled from the facility, providing passengers with a more integrated and reliable railway fit for the future.

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