Network Rail

Rail engineers to spend £3.5m strengthening overhead lines

Network Rail is spending nearly £3.5m on the overhead electric lines that power trains between Preston and Carlisle to make services more reliable.

Network Rail engineers working on overhead lines
Network Rail

Trains were disrupted on a number of occasions last winter when strong winds brought down lines on the stretch.

The company says it plans to do the work over most weekends between now and March, at a time when the trains wouldn't be running.

Roadwork fears for 'Britain's most bashed railway bridge'

Allen Cook

BBC News

A bridge in Lichfield has earned the dubious honour of being called "Britain’s most bashed railway bridge" and there are fears it could suffer more next week.

Lorry after hitting bridge
Network Rail

Network Rail has coined the term for the St John Street crossing as lorries or other high vehicles have crashed into it 28 times in the last year, on average more than twice a month.

But the organisation is concerned resurfacing works on the A5 near the city for 18 days from Monday could see more collisions.

Drivers are therefore being urged not to take short cuts or follow their sat-nav system but instead stick to the diversion from Highways England.

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Level crossing cameras to be installed across East

Cameras are being installed at 13 level crossings in the East to catch motorists who do not stop when barriers are coming down.

It is to help Network Rail prosecute drivers who jump the lights across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Offenders are automatically notified of their offence, and could be sent on an awareness course, fined £100 and given three points on their licence, or prosecuted, it said.

The RLSE cameras are being paid for by Greater Anglia.

Daniel Fisk, from Network Rail, said: "They are clearly visible for people to see as a deterrent."

Cameras at Baylham level crossing
Network Rail

Signal box that played a role in disaster to be repaired

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Stuart Minting

There are plans to repair a decaying listed building which was once the centre of a railway disaster in the Yorkshire Dales.

Network Rail has applied to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority for permission to carry out works to ensure the weatherproofing and long-term structural preservation of the signal box at Garsdale, near Sedbergh.

Hawes junction disaster scene
David Fry

It was built in 1910 and six months later, a mistake by the signalman led to the Hawes Junction Rail Disaster in which 12 passengers died, a further nine were injured and eight enginemen were injured.

A Network Rail spokesman said the repairs should ensure the weatherproofing and long-term structural preservation of the signal box, and make sure it stays in use.

£2m restoration will speed trains across long bridge

Part of the Cumbrian coast railway line is to close for just over a week while a long viaduct dating to 1868 is improved.

Eskmeals viaduct
Network Rail

Timbers and 600m of track will be renewed on the 18-span bridge, which is still supported by the original Victorian cast-iron girders, although they were strengthened in the 1920s.

The £2m project should mean trains can go faster on that stretch of track.

Replacement buses will be provided between Millom and Sellafield.

Delayed railway station work to resume

Welwyn Garden
Network Rail

A delayed £1m project to upgrade the footbridge at Welwyn Garden City railway station will resume on 11 June, says Network Rail.

It comes after additional defects were identified and severe weather and social distancing measures affected the progress of the project, which began in November.

The refurbishment will eventually include the installation of a lift and improved stairs, which aim to offer better better connections to the town. Network Rail said the remaining work will not have an impact on train services.

Work should be completed in July, it said.