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SECTION C

Signalman at workSECTION C

Recent and forthcoming signalling alterations

Compiled by Nick Allsopp, Chris Bellett and John Hinson

Section C of the railwayman's special notices details alterations to signalling that take place. This section of the web site does the same, and covers significant alterations to signalling - past, present and future. The scope covers signal box closures, changes to methods of working and any other matters that are of interest. The records go back to the introduction of these pages in 1998.

You are currently viewing the page showing alterations for 2015. To view details for another year, just make a selection from the dates below.

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Note that where the period of an item covers more than a year (e.g. a major resignalling project), it will be listed on the page for the final year concerned. That year may be well into the future, even though some parts may have already been completed. You may have to do a little hunting to find such an item.

Network Rail have published an evolving list of planned dates for resignalling. Currently, the only mechanical signal boxes without a formal abolition plan and proposed date are Reedham Swing Bridge and Somerleyton Swing Bridge and these could survive to be the last mechanical boxes in the country.

New indicates entries that have been added or updated within the last week.

This section is managed by Nick Allsopp, who would be pleased to receive any additional information for these pages.


 

SIGNALLING ALTERATIONS 2015

2015

Rochester to Sittingbourne
Signal boxes at Rochester, Gillingham, Rainham and Sittingbourne to be abolished, area to be controlled from North Kent Regional Operations Centre at Gillingham.

2015

Nottingham-Fiskerton
Lowdham, Fiskerton Junction and Staythorpe Crossing signal boxes to be abolished, along with gate cabins at Fiskerton Station and Rolleston Station. Area to be controlled from East Midlands Regional Operations Centre at Derby.

2015

Strood-Maidstone (Medway Valley line)
Cuxton, Aylesford, Maidstone West, East Farleigh and Wateringbury signal boxes to be abolished, area to be controlled from North Kent Regional Operations Centre at Gillingham.

2015

Stockton-Hartlepool
Norton South, Norton West, Norton East, Norton-on-Tees, Billingham, Belasis Lane and Greatham to be abolished, area to be controlled by LNE Regional Operations Centre at York.

2015

Ryhope Grange
Ryhope Grange box to be abolished, area to be controlled by LNE Regional Operations Centre at York.

2015

Finningley-Gainsborough-Barnetby
Beckingham, Gainsborough Trent Junctions, Gainsborough Central, Northorpe, Kirton Lime Sidings and Brigg signal boxes to be abolished, area to be controlled from Lincoln Signalling Control Centre.

2015

Sheffield
Sheffield PSB to close, area to be controlled by LNE Regional Operations Centre at York.

2015

Aston-Lichfield
Aston SCC and Lichfield Trent Valley Junction to close.

2015

Stafford
Stafford No4 and Stafford No5 signal boxes to be abolished, area to be controlled from West Coast South Regional Operations Centre at Rugby.

2015

Liverpool (Lime St)
Liverpool Lime Street box to be abolished, area to be controlled from West Coast North Regional Operations Centre at Manchester.

2015

Crewe-Chester
Crewe Steel Works and Beeston Castle & Tarporley boxes to be abolished, area controlled from Crewe Signalling Centre.

2015

Lewes-Newhaven
Lewes, Newhaven Town and Newhaven Harbour boxes to close, area to be controlled from Sussex Regional Operations Centre at Three Bridges.

2015

Chester-Llandudno
Holywell Junction, Mostyn, Talacre, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Abergele, Deganwy and Llandudno boxes to close, area to be controlled from South Wales Regional Operations Centre at Cardiff.

2015

Tondu
Tondu box to close, area to be controlled from South Wales Regional Operations Centre at Cardiff.

2015

Norwich-Lowestoft and Yarmouth
Brundall Junction, Acle, Yarmouth Vauxhall, Cantley, Reedham JunctionOulton Broad North Junction and Lowestoft boxes to be abolished. Area to be controlled from Anglia Regional Operations Centre at Romford.
The Swing Bridge boxes at Reedham and Somerleyton are to be retained.

2015

Oxford
Oxford PSB to close, area to be controlled from Thames Valley Regional Operations Centre at Didcot.

2015

Crewe
Gresty Lane box to be abolished, area to be controlled from West Coast South Regional Operations Centre at Rugby.

2015

Willesden Carriage Sidings
Willesden Carriage Shed South and Willesden Carriage Shed North boxes to close, area to be controlled from West Coast South Regional Operations Centre at Rugby.

2015

Banbury
Banbury South and Banbury North boxes to close, area to be controlled from West Midlands Regional Operations Centre at Saltley.

2015

St Fagans
St Fagans gate box to close, area to be controlled from South Wales Regional Operations Centre at Cardiff.

June 2007
to
2015

East Midlands Resignalling.
Construction of the new East Midlands Signalling Centre has begun at Derby, on the former St Andrews goods yard.
Stage 1 has seen the abolition of the Midland Railway boxes at Pinxton and Sleights Sidings East and transfer of control of part of the Erewash valley from Trent PSB. Both boxes closed on 9th June 2007 - happily both have been preserved.
Stage 2A commenced on 9th October 2009 with resignalling from Trowell junction through to Trent Junction - this rsulted in the closure of Stapleford & Sandiacre Shunting Frame. Stage 2B will be completed over Christmas with the abloition of Lock Lane Crossing Frame.
Subsequent stages will result in the closure of the PSBs at Trent, Leicester, West Hampstead and Derby and abolition of all mechanical boxes on the Syston - Peterborough, Derby - Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham - Newark and Nottingham - Grantham lines.

2012
to
2015

Saltley
Saltley PSB to close, area to be controlled from West Midlands Regional Operations Centre at Saltley.

2013
to
2015

Bournemouth to Weymouth
Resignalling of Dorset Coast line will see the abolition of Poole, Hamworthy, Wareham and Wool in 2013. Area to be controlled from Basingstoke Area Signalling Centre.
Absolute Block working will be replaced by Track Circuit block using Axle Counters in some places.
In 2015, Dorchester box will close and the control of the area will be transferred to Wessex Regional Operations Centre at Basingstoke.

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Thankyou to those who have already assisted with this section, including Forbes Alexander, John Armistead, Steve Gwinnett, Anthony Jones, Simon Lowe, John McCrickard, Frank Nicholas, Richard Putley, Adrian Webb and Nick Wellington, along with many others not named here (whether by accident or design).

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