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Major re-signalling project to begin in North Yorkshire

Network Rail is to undertake a major re-signalling project in North Yorkshire, which includes moving control of various signals to the Ferrybridge signalling control centre. 

The work, which will see upgrades take place in the Sudforth Lane and Hensall areas, includes closing the signal boxes at each location. And, according to Network Rail, this will improve the reliability of the signal equipment and reduce the chances of faults on the line, and in turn, passenger delays. 

In addition to the signalling work, the improvement project includes renewing five level crossings across the area. At two of these – High Eggborough and Heck Lane – this will see the manned gate boxes being removed. 

All of the level crossings being renewed will be ‘MCB-CCTV type’ – meaning they have manually controlled barriers and closed circuit television which can be seen by the signallers. This means they can see when people want to use the crossing, and operate the barriers from the Ferrybridge signalling centre. 

Many of the closures are taking place over the late May bank holiday, to reduce the risk of disruption as much as possible for road users, but some closures are more extensive. 

Mark Tarry, area director at Network Rail, said: “We absolutely recognise these closures will affect many people in the Selby and Knottingley areas. We apologise in advance for any disruption or inconvenience caused. 

“However, maintaining and upgrading the railway is essential to keep trains reliable and safe for passengers. The re-signalling work will have huge benefits for train operators and passengers, as it means there’s less chance of delays on the line. 

Due to the work a number of road closures and diversions have been planned and agreed with the local authorities – North Yorkshire county, Wakefield and Goole councils. To see a comprehensive list of these, click here. 

The five level crossings being updated as part of the work are:

  • Sudforth Lane, Kellingley,
  • Whitley Bridge, Selby Road,
  • High Eggborough, High Eggborough Lane,
  • Hensall, Station Road, Hensall,
  • Heck Lane, Hensall.


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