Garsdale signal box refurbishment

Network Rail restores Grade II listed signal box

As part of a £500,000 Great North Rail Project investment, Network Rail engineers have restored a historic, Grade II listed signal box on the Settle and Carlisle railway.

The signal box in Garsdale is 111 years old.

As part of the restoration works, the signal box required its structural timbers, outside cladding and electronics repairing. It also received a new roof and windows.

Garsdale signal box interior

The signal box remains functional, and the refurbishments will improve future journeys for passengers and freight services on the Settle to Carlisle route.

Network Rail have highlighted the project as part of its commitment to maintain and preserve iconic heritage structures throughout the UK rail network.

Rachel Slater, Scheme Project Manager for Network Rail, said: “We take great care to maintain heritage structures on the railway and the Settle to Carlisle railway line is no exception.

“The historic signal box in Garsdale has been restored to its former glory as part of a half-a-million-pound Great North Rail Project investment. This will secure future journeys for passengers and freight on this iconic north west route.”

Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern, added: “The refurbishment of Garsdale signal box is an important investment in railway infrastructure.

“Not only will it protect a historic asset, but it will mean that today's railway continues to be able to operate.

"Customers travelling with us on the Settle and Carlisle route will benefit from improved reliability on this section of the line."

Garsdale refurbishment

MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, praised Network Rail’s engineers for their hard work completing the restoration work, which involved working with local heritage groups and builds on work previously carried out elsewhere on the route, at Appleby, last year.

Network Rail also made a £2.1m investment earlier this year to upgrade the world-famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

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