Network Rail’s public consultation for plans to upgrade the signalling in the Cambridge area to improve reliability and performance of the current infrastructure is open until 11th April.
The signalling systems around Cambridge were installed in the 1980s and are reaching the end of their expected operational life. Network Rail is proposing to replace hundreds of signalling assets across an area of 125 miles of track, stretching from Meldreth and Elsenham to the south, through Cambridge, up to Ely to the north and Thurston to the east, as well as Croxton level crossing (in Norfolk) on the cross-country line to Norwich. The new signalling will help to put passengers first by:
- Improving reliability, performance, and efficiency of the railway
- Improving safety for all rail users in the Cambridge area
- Improving safety at seven level crossings for all crossing and rail users – this includes the crossing at Meldreth Road.
How to have your say
Network Rail is seeking feedback to help develop the proposals before proceeding with seeking authorisation through a Transport and Works Act order. The public can view the consultation materials and provide their comments by visiting the project’s webpage and follow the link to the consultation portal and the online survey: www.networkrail.co.uk/cambridge-resignalling
A dedicated email address is also available to send questions about the proposals to: CambridgeC3R@networkrail.co.uk
Subject to obtaining the necessary consents, the work is expected to begin by the early part of 2022 and is currently planned to be complete by 2025. Upon completion the project is expected to have replaced almost 700 signalling assets.