Monday 3 Feb 2003


Network Rail is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of whoever set fire to Parton signal box on the Cumbrian coast yesterday (2 February). All the indications are that the fire, which was discovered at about 7 o’clock on Sunday morning, was deliberate. Lockers had been emptied and just about anything that could be, was piled up and set on fire. The army crew that was called out put out the fire in about an hour. However, the damage to the signal box is so severe that it is unlikely to re-open for a couple of days. It is unworkable because there are holes in the floor of the box, the electrical equipment has been damaged either by the fire itself or water used to extinguish it and the main supporting beam in the box is also damaged. As a result of the fire, some train services have to be amended by First North Western and supplemented by buses between Workington and Whitehaven, causing inconvenience to passengers using the coastal services. British Transport Police have already begun their investigations with house-to-house visits and the scene of crime officer has removed certain items for forensic examination. In the meantime, anyone with information should contact the British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Both calls are free and callers to Crimestoppers can leave information anonymously if they wish to.

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail press office -London North Western route
0330 854 0100

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

We are building a better railway for a better Britain.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: