GWR train at Truro station with level crossing that will be upgraded

Digital signalling upgrades to deliver more reliable south west railway

Network Rail is set to begin the final leg of its work to modernise the signalling infrastructure in Devon and Cornwall, in a move that will make the south west railway more reliable and resilient.

A new digitalised signalling system will enable real-time information to be delivered to passengers.

In Cornwall, the project includes one of the largest programmes of track work in the region’s history.

More than 100 people will come together to install equipment over a 50-mile working site, which Network Rail hopes will ease congestion at Truro and remove redundant equipment.

Britain’s rail infrastructure owner says the Cornwall work will feature new track, sleepers and ballast, while passengers will also benefit from new level crossings at Truro and Lostwithiel.

Road-rail vehicle at Truro depot to remove and lay track during work

Works in Cornwall will commence on 27 February and finish on 10 March while engineers will start work near Plymouth from 16 March to 21 March.

The signalling upgrades are due to come into use the day after works finish in both Cornwall and Devon.

“This is the final chapter of our programme to bring a new system of signals to the region,” says Paul Collyer, Network Rail sponsor.

Previously, Network Rail contractor Siemens has been working in the area to install new equipment and signals, plus new cabling over 66 miles of railway.

In this final phase, the new digital system will be completed and control of it will be moved. For Cornwall, to the regional signalling centre in Exeter, and to Plymouth for the Devon section of the railway.

Collyer adds: “The new technology will improve reliability in the region and unlock future development of the railway in the area, including the new Mid Cornwall Metro scheme.”

Image credit: Network Rail


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