National protest in support of Southern Rail guards
£44 Million Spent On Railway Signals
Network Rail say £44 million pound improvement works completed over Bank Holiday Weekend on Brighton Main Line Signals to improve Reliability.
Over 50 signals were completely replaced with some dating from the 1970s.
Network Rail have now moved the control of the signals from Victoria to the new control centre at Three Bridges which they hope will make them more reliable.
Here is the statement from Network Rail
More than 11,000 engineers worked through the long weekend, delivering another slice of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, which will provide a bigger, better, and more reliable railway for passengers and businesses across Britain.
The weekend marked the culmination of a £44m scheme to replace the signalling – the system that controls the safe movement of trains – between Balham and Streatham on the Brighton Main Line.
This project saw the complete replacement of more than 50 signals, dating from the 1970s, and control was moved from Victoria to our new control centre at Three Bridges.
Network Rail’s area director Steve Knight said: “Our engineers and our contractors, Atkins, did a fantastic job this weekend, under considerable pressure. Hundreds of trains run on those tracks every day and by replacing the signalling system we can continue to improve their reliability and improve the journeys of the millions of passengers who travel on the Brighton Main Line each year.”
Mark Carne, Network Rail chief executive, said: "I would like to thank passengers for their understanding while we worked to improve the railway over the long weekend, part of the £40bn we are spending to keep passengers and freight moving. I am proud of the efforts of our engineers who worked tirelessly to deliver another slice of our Railway Upgrade Plan aimed at providing better, more reliable journeys for passengers and businesses across Britain.”
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