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1997-10-10 RTK-002
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Signalling project nears completion

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Railtrack plc

Signalling project nears completion

10 October 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

A major landmark in Railtrack’s £220 million resignalling scheme will be reached next weekend (18/19 October) when the last section of new signalling goes live between Kelvedon and Colchester.

The project has involved replacing old signalling with the latest high-tech equipment between London and the Colchester area, including lines to Southend Victoria, Braintree and Sudbury.

Level crossings have been updated and for the first time in the line’s history the route will be controlled from just two locations. The state-of-the-art Liverpool Street control centre will look after the line from Liverpool Street to three miles from Colchester station, with Colchester signalling centre taking control from there to Norwich.

Over the weekend the line will be shut between Colchester and Witham, and from Marks Tey to Sudbury, to allow engineers to disconnect all the old equipment on the lineside and in Marks Tey signal box. The new signalling, which has been installed over the last few months, will be connected up and thoroughly tested with the line reopening in time for the morning rush on Monday (20 October).

"We do apologise to everyone inconvenienced by this weekend work and ask them to bear with us while we finish this important stage", said Railtrack East Anglia director, Michael Holden.

"The project is on schedule and as well as providing a more reliable railway, one of the advantages of the new equipment is that it will allow trains to divert easily to the opposite line should one of the lines be blocked.

"When this has happened in the past we had to get people to site to signal trains by hand, which is a very slow process. Now we will be able to just switch the signalling over, and divert trains, which will cut down on delays considerably.

"The project has also helped us to increase linespeeds in certain locations nearer to London which has resulted in the slightly faster journey times in the new timetable, he said.

"The work is not quite finished yet. We have some trackwork to complete in the Gidea Park area during late October and November and we will be back at Marks Tey to finish off trackwork there over six Sundays in January/February.

"The project is all part of Railtrack’s commitment to spend over £4 million a day on the railway network and the result will be a better railway for everyone," he added.

Note to editors:- Anglia Railways and Great Eastern will be issuing their own press releases giving details of their replacement bus services

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