Wednesday 25 Apr 2012
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AND CAPACITY FOR HARROGATE RAIL LINE
Passengers on the Harrogate line will have a more reliable service as Network Rail completes the resignalling of the route. At the same time a turnback facility is being built at Horsforth to facilitate future increases in rail services.
£16m is being invested to improve the reliability of the route by provision of modern signalling between Kirkstall Viaduct and Harrogate station. Engineers will also build a turnback at Horsforth which will allow Northern Rail to run a shuttle service between Horsforth and Leeds in the future.
Warrick Dent, general manager for Network Rail, said: “The Harrogate line is a real success story and passenger demand is expected to continue to grow. This substantial investment is great news for rail passengers as the new equipment will not only be more reliable but will give provision for future increases in line speed and the possibility for increased services.
“This is just one of many projects we are completing to improve services for passengers in the area. Others include resignalling between South Kirby and Wakefield; and Huddersfield and Bradford; a new southern entrance at Leeds station; a turnback at Micklefield and, in partnerships with local partners, new stations at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge. “
The signalling work on the Harrogate line involves the installation of new equipment, structures and bases along the route.
Engineers will also install new track, sleepers and ballast for the new turnback close to Horsforth station. Significant earth and drainage works will be completed on the land which was purchased from Leeds City Council. The project is working with Natural England and the Environment Agency. All vegetation which is removed will be replaced with wildlife/railway friendly flora.
Signalling will be transferred from Horsforth and Rigton signal boxes into Harrogate, increasing efficiencies as these boxes close.
Notes to editors
Week of 12 April – land purchase completed, Horsforth
Saturday 28 April – Work starts on turnback at Horsforth. Train service affected for 30 hours.
July – track works in Horsforth
12 and 19 August – road closure at Rigton Level Crossing, Rigton. To allow for the plain lining of a redundant crossover in this location.
25 August and 1 September – new crossovers installed at Horsforth to give access to turnback – train service affected for 30 hours
13 to 29 October, full road closure at Rigton Level Crossing, Rigton to allow the conversion of the level crossing to a manually controlled CCTV crossing
27, 28, 29 October – 54-hour signalling commissioning. Train service affected.
Details of changes to train services will be published on the national rail enquiries website: www.nationalrail.co.uk
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