Signalboxes to go in NR control strategy

August 2011
Railway Gazette International;Aug2011, Vol. 167 Issue 8, p26
Trade Publication
The article discusses the initiative of Great Britain's Network Rail (NR) to consult its staff about a 25-year strategy to eliminate its 800 remaining mechanical or relay signalboxes and focus control of the national network into 14 regional operating centres. It notes that the number of signalboxes fell steadily from 5,000 in 1960 to 1,000 in 1990 until privatisation halted progress. NR under pressure from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) to achieve substantial efficiencies.


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