Clacton signal box with points

Major signalling upgrade pending at Clacton-on-Sea

Passengers are being reminded of the significant upgrade work taking place across 23-days around Clacton-on-Sea.

The new computer-based signalling system will improve reliability and safety for passengers. This forms part of Network Rail’s continuation of extensive engineering works which are due to take place later this month.

The new system will control the movement of trains more effectively and provide better live passenger information.

Clacton signal box train approaching

The system will replace the current one which used mechanical levers and pullies to change signals track points, to allow trains to switch between tracks. The new system will be controlled from a powered signal box at Colchester.

During the 23-day works from Saturday 20 February to Sunday 14 March, changes will also be made to the overhead line equipment, and the track layout will be modified and updated to cater for a modern railway with powered switches and crossing controlled by the new signals.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s Route Director for Anglia, said: “Keeping the tracks in good condition is vital to running a safe and reliable railway for our passengers and that is exactly what we’re here to do.

“I’m sorry for the disruption that 23 days of engineering works will cause for passengers. Completing these large-scale projects and maintenance in one coordinated effort will help reduce the overall amount of disruption for many years to come.” 

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, said: “This work is essential for improving the reliability of the Clacton and Walton-on-the-Naze lines. In combination with our brand-new trains, which we will be introducing into passenger service on the route later this year, we and Network Rail are completely modernising rail services in this area. 

Clacton Signal Box

“Throughout the works, we will make sure people can complete their journeys, although part of it may be by rail replacement bus. We’d remind people to check before they travel and allow extra time. Updates on the project can be found on social media using #Clacton2021.

“Current Government advice is to stay at home and only to travel for legally permissible reasons such as for work or medical appointments. Greater Anglia is committed to keeping travellers safe with increased cleaning and sanitisation and measures to make it easier to socially distance. Passengers are reminded it’s compulsory to wear a face-covering on our trains, stations and rail replacement buses.”

Images: Network Rail 

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