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March 16, 2021

Network Rail finishes replacement of signalling system

UK’s Network Rail has replaced an outdated signalling system with a modern, computer-based system in the Clacton-on-Sea area.

UK’s Network Rail has replaced an outdated signalling system with a modern, computer-based system in the Clacton-on-Sea area.

This new signalling system will help control the movement of trains effectively and offer better live passenger information.

The previous system used mechanical pullies and levers to change signals and track points so that trains can shift between tracks.

Network Rail completed the replacement work in 23 days.

At the end of April, the Clacton signal box will be removed given as the new system will now be controlled from a powered signal box at Colchester.

During the 23-days of works, the rail operator also installed 500m of newly laid track, 12 renewed signals, 12 renewed points, 13 new overhead line equipment (OLE) structures and more than 6,000m of new cables under a $51m (£37m) investment.

The computer-based signalling system will complement Greater Anglia’s new fleet of trains and is expected to offer a better travelling experience for passengers.

Early preparation works commenced in late-2019 and continued throughout 2020.

The completion of the 23-day intensive works sees the end of more than four years of planning and delivery of an advanced signalling system.

Network Rail’s Anglia route director Ellie Burrows said: “The completion of works over the last 23 days is a significant achievement for everyone delivering the re-signalling and track renewals programme.

“I am delighted that Greater Anglia passengers will be able to benefit from better reliability as they return to the railway.”

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: “This is a great step forward in the transformation of the railway – next to come on this line will be our brand new trains. Together with Network Rail, we’re creating a modern reliable railway fit for the future.”

Earlier this month, Network Rail completed a £3.7m upgrade project on the Wakefield railway bridge in Crofton, which was built more than 140 years ago.

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