On The Cameras Tomorrow – 27/06/20

Saturday 27th June – MAINLINE CAMERAS

ALTRINCHAM CAMERA

BARKING CAMERAS

BEATTOCK CAMERA

02:25 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

03:00 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

BEDFORD CAMERA

BOLTON LE SANDS CAMERA (freightmaster.net)

01:18 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:07 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

BUSHBURY JUNCTION CAMERA

CAMDEN JUNCTION CAMERAS

 – CAMERA 1 (Euston/WCML)

07:43 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

08:41 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper ECS move – 5M16 London Euston to Wembley Inter City Depot

 – CAMERA 2 (Primrose Hill/Freight)

08:32 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z36 Rugby to Ilford Electric Multiple Unit Depot

CHESTERFIELD CAMERAS (Hasland/Chesterfield Sth Jn)

10:36 – Colas Rail light engine move (Diesel) – 0xxx Derby Rtc Serco to Grimsby Town

21:26 – Colas Rail light engine move (Diesel) – 0xxx Grimsby Town to Derby Rtc Serco

CLITHEROE CAMERA

11:20 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z20 Preston to Hellifield Goods Loops

14:40 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z22 Hellifield Goods Loops to Crewe Holding Sidings

CRAMLINGTON CAMERA

15:24 – Freightliner light engine move (Diesel) – 0S68 Leeds Balm Road Loco Freightliner Heavy Haul to Millerhill Shunt & Marshalling

16:17 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0S04 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Millerhill Shunt & Marshalling

CREWE CAMERAS (crewehc.org)

 – CAMERA 1

 – CAMERA 2

05:27 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

 – CAMERA 3

05:27 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

 – CAMERA 4

05:26 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

20:29 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0G52 Tuebrook Sdgs Gbrf to Crewe Basford Hall Ssn

DAGENHAM (BECONTREE) CAMERA

DAWLISH BEACH CAMERAS (dawlishbeach.com)

 – DAWLISH CAMERAS

00:45 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

04:22 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

11:09 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera ECS move – 5Z50 Paddington to Penzance Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

 – DAWLISH WARREN CAMERA

00:46 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

04:21 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

11:08 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera ECS move – 5Z50 Paddington to Penzance Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

DONCASTER CAMERA (www.socotec.co.uk)

04:13 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0D73 Rylstone Tilcon Gb Railfreight to Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight

06:01 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z29 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Drax Aes Gb Railfreight

11:31 – Colas Rail light engine move (Diesel) – 0xxx Derby Rtc Serco to Grimsby Town

12:08 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0D39 Wrenthorpe Gbrf to Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight

13:58 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0S04 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Millerhill Shunt & Marshalling

14:57 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q86 March Down Refuge Siding to Derby Rtc Serco

15:19 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q86 March Down Refuge Siding to Derby Rtc Serco

17:32 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled ECS move for Angel Trains – 5Q89 Slade Green Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot to Doncaster Works Wagon Shops

20:28 – Colas Rail light engine move (Diesel) – 0xxx Grimsby Town to Derby Rtc Serco

DOVEY JUNCTION/DYFI OSPREY PROJECT CAMERA (https://www.dyfiospreyproject.com)

FARINGTON JUNCTION CAMERA

00:46 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

FLITWICK CAMERA   

GRATELEY CAMERA (facebook.com/grateleytrains/)

LEYLAND CAMERA

00:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:44 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

NEWBURY CAMERA (icn-ltd.com)

01:02 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

PETERBOROUGH CAMERAS (railworld.org.uk)

 – CAMERA 1

10:32 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q86 March Down Refuge Siding to Derby Rtc Serco

10:54 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled ECS move (Ex-LNER MK4s???) – 5Z91 Bounds Green Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot to Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight

15:29 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled ECS move for Angel Trains – 5Q89 Slade Green Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot to Doncaster Works Wagon Shops

 – CAMERA 2, 3 & 4

10:32 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q86 March Down Refuge Siding to Derby Rtc Serco

PORTSMOUTH CAMERA 

PRESTON CAMERA

01:03 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:25 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

SANQUHAR CAMERA (sanquharstation.co.uk)

SETTLE to CARLISLE LINE CAMERAS (foscl.org.uk)

 – HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE CAMERA 

 – KIRKBY STEPHEN CAMERA

 – RIBBLEHEAD CAMERAS

SHREWSBURY ABBEY FOREGATE CAMERA (beachifa.co.uk)

SLOUGH CAMERAS

00:11 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

04:38 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

07:57 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera ECS move – 5Z50 Paddington to Penzance Traction & Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

ST BEES CAMERA

THANKERTON CAMERA

02:05 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

03:22 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

TODMORDEN CAMERA

UPHALL CAMERA

WALTON-ON-THE-NAZE CAMERA

WATFORD CAMERA

07:30 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

08:09 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z36 Rugby to Ilford Electric Multiple Unit Depot

13:46 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled ECS move – 5Q36 Ilford Electric Multiple Unit Depot to Northampton Electric Maintenance Depot

21:35 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

YORK CAMERAS

 – NORTH (SKELTON JN) CAMERAS

12:45 – Freightliner light engine move (Diesel) – 0S68 Leeds Balm Road Loco Freightliner Heavy Haul to Millerhill Shunt & Marshalling

14:29 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0S04 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Millerhill Shunt & Marshalling

 – ROC CAMERA 1 (Station) (networkrail.co.uk)s

14:27 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0S04 Doncaster Down Decoy Gb Railfreight to Millerhill Shunt & Marshalling

 – ROC CAMERA 2 (Avoider) (networkrail.co.uk)

12:25 – Freightliner light engine move (Diesel) – 0S68 Leeds Balm Road Loco Freightliner Heavy Haul to Millerhill Shunt & Marshalling

There is no guarantee that the services listed above will run, at the time of posting these are believed to be correct.

Saturday 27th June – HERITAGE RAILWAY CAMERAS

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY

(llangollen-railway.co.uk (stationholiday.co.uk)) 

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://llangollenrailway.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/covid-19-appeal

NENE VALLEY RAILWAY

(nvr.org.uk)  

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis.

ROMNEY, HYTHE & DYMCHURCH RAILWAY

(rhdr.org.uk)

Home of the Railcam Rambler

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.rhdr.org.uk/special-events/temporary-closure-update/

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY 

(southdevonrailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/2020/03/17/all-sdr-train-services-temporarily-suspended/

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY 

(spavalleyrailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/article.php/87/spa-valley-railway-railway-closed-due-to-covid-19-pandemic

SWANAGE RAILWAY

(swanagerailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://swanagerailway.co.uk/news/detail/coronavirus-update

TALYLLYN RAILWAY

(talyllyn.co.uk

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.talyllyn.co.uk/covid-19-update

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

(west-somerset-railway.co.uk

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/news/detail/west-somerset-railway-has-decided-it-has-to-postpone-the-first-running-services-of-the-season

There is no guarantee that the services listed above will run, at the time of posting these are believed to be correct.

Railcam upgrades Peterborough broadcasting from Railworld Wildlife Haven attraction

A few years ago Railcam were kindly offered a new site to broadcast from.

Railworld Wildlife Haven straddles the River Nene in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Situated a few hundred yards from Peterborough Railway station, beside the March line and on the site of the former power station coal yard to the north with the south bordering the Nene Valley Railway on the former LNWR shed site.

Railworld Wildlife Haven Peterborough and it’s Hover train exhibit

Railcam have until now operated two cameras from the site. The first is above the now redundant viewing platform and has been upgraded to a new higher specification PTZ camera than what was previously in use.

The new camera should allow Railcam to provide a closer view of the ECML activity and will be concentrated in that area on a permanent basis. We should have excellent views of services from LNER, EMR, Thameslink, Greater Anglia, Hull Trains and Cross Country as well as the heavy freight quantity that use the March line.

New (on right) and old PTZ cameras which will give additional views of the ECML. The old camera has been donated to Railworld to aid their security.

The second camera was located on the ‘Geoffrey G Steels Bridge’ – named because his personal legacy paid for it! This connects the north and south areas of the haven, crossing the River Nene it provides views of the curved bridge as the March line passes beneath the ECML. This camera has also been replaced with an upgraded model which should provide us with some exceptional viewing over the river. We even have swans and the occasional boat if that interests you while waiting for the next 66 hauled freight.

The view from the footbridge of the curved bridge and River Nene.

Railcam have now secured additional viewpoints at Railworld.

The first of these is on the newly built signal box viewing room. Built on the original footprint of the old Nene Junction box, the volunteers have created this wonderful facility for those wishing to view from a signalman’s perspective.

The newly completed signal box viewing room that sits on the original Nene junction box footprint

The box has been painted in its original green and cream colours and includes a monitor for viewing the camera and the local diagram. The volunteers involved in this project are rightly proud of what they have created and it is likely to be a very popular addition to the attraction.

Railcam diagram available inside the box

The camera is located on the corner of the box and has fantastic views of the freight passing just a few feet away. Facing Peterborough direction, you will be able to see many of those freight trains waiting for the points to change before heading past the location. You will also be able to view the Greater Anglia class 755 “Flirt” passing on a regular basis as well as EMR and Crosscountry services.

View from just below the new camera position, facing Peterborough station and covering the March line.

The fourth camera, which is yet to be activated, is positioned on the Nene end of the viewing platform. Facing towards the curved bridge it will give a similar view to the signal box camera but from the opposite direction.

Another new view, This faces back towards the curved bridge and you can see the new signal box project to the right

All of the cameras are the latest high definition models and have their own additional external microphones for added quality. Three of the cameras are currently live on Railcam with the fourth still in test mode.

Railworld Wildlife Haven began life over 35 years ago when the Reverend Richard Paten purchased the Standard Class 5 locomotive for £3,000 that was the spark that ignited the passion for the Nene valley Railway.

However, this wasn’t enough for the Reverend and so he purchased the disused power station coal yard. His intention was to create a museum but the funding to support the venture wasn’t available so instead, he asked his friend Brian Pearce for ideas and suggestions.

Some of the exhibits on display at Railworld Wildlife Haven

Brian, an enthusiastic conservationist suggested creating a wildlife haven in the middle of a city. The rest they say is history but that history and today’s environment is down to the countless numbers of volunteers and businesses that have driven this project from a coal yard and old shed site into an area of tranquility that makes it hard to believe you are in a city.

This is a charity site, everything here is donated and Brian tells us how one of the footbridges was completed one plank at a time as that was all they could afford at the time. The end result is a mix of enthusiastic volunteers with recycling of old railway structures creating a living classroom for local schools and environmental groups.

Inside the envronmental centre with it’s giant globe created by volunteers from recycled parts

The northern part of the site also boasts the ‘Globe Hall Earth Centre’ that took 19 years to build. It is complete with classroom and many interactive activities. There is a giant 2.5 metre World at the centre, created by volunteers. Remarkably it’s all solar powered driven, utilising a redundant car park barrier gate drive. Brian cheerily tells us how children use it to locate Countries around the World and even the city of Coventry!

As you walk around the Haven you will see 3 Victorian bridges. These once formed part of an aqueduct built by the GNR at Abbots Ripton and were donated by Network Rail who couldn’t bear to see them scrapped.

Part of the old aqueduct, recycled in to the Wildlife Haven as a footbridge.

You will come across various engine parts, the new signal box and my favourite, a Norwegian track cycle that visitors are allowed to use along a small section of track.

Norwegian rail cycle donated to the site

As you cross the River Nene you are using yet another bit of recycled railway infrastructure. This is the old footbridge from north of Darlington station where it used to connect the old steam shed (51A) with the diesel depot. Funded by a legacy from lifelong rail enthusiast Geoff Steels, it connects to the old Peterborough bridge to reach the South side.

The old Darlington footbridge that now connects the north and south side of the attraction. This is the location of one of our cameras.

The south is dominated by railway. The largest exhibit is the 50 year old RTV 31 Hovertrain. Once seen to be the future of railways, it was fully automatic and driver-less, and designed for 300 MPH – London to Edinburgh in 90 mins! On test near Cambridge it reached 104 MPH but was sadly shelved and then dropped after its trials in the fens.

There is over 2,000 sqft of model railways, some SG locos in need of restoration, and even the surprise of the original London North Western Railway turntable pit. This has now been uncovered and it’s cut stone edgings, found in the pit have been put back in position

The old turntable pit in need of a bit of weeding, If you wish to volunteer please contact Railworld Wildlife Haven.

Railworld not only wants visitors. It needs volunteers for just about every job. If you have an interest in helping please contact them directly to offer whatever support you can.

This is an ideal location for the family, with “Entertain and Educate” being the Railworld catchphrase. With access to the Nene valley railway adjacent to the southern side it provides the perfect day out for rail enthusiasts and their families.

Brian Pearce MBE, Chairman of Railworld Wildlife Haven Trustees, in his wildlife Haven setting

Brian Pearce said, ” We are delighted to be furthering our relationship with Railcam. With sustainable rail travel being the most environmentally favourable form of transport for passenger and freight, we believe Railworld Wildlife Haven is the prime location to view the changing face of the railway”.

He continued, ” It also highlights our commitment to the UK’s Circular Economy. We are the elected ‘Champions of Re-use, Re-purpose and Share’! Re-using redundant and unwanted items from the railway makes the Railworld Wildlife Haven the perfect location for children as well as rail
enthusiasts to learn about what can be achieved when volunteers, companies, groups and individuals work together for a common cause. Our partnership with Railcam furthers our exposure and will help us attract more visitors and
volunteers to continue our work” “

The view from the bridge that connects north and south

Railcam director, Adrian Bradshaw added : “We are delighted to be able to renew our successful relationship with Railworld. Brian has been hugely supportive of what we do and it’s great to be able to contribute to the fantastic work that he and his volunteers do there. The Peterborough cameras were already firm favourites among our members, so the addition of extra views and improved quality will only cement their position as some of the best cameras in our expanding portfolio.”

Getting ready for the new world of travel

GTR shares its top tips for those who need to head back onto the trains

As people across the country begin to see the gradual ease to lockdown, the prospect of taking on the ‘new world commute’ for those who must travel by train, may seem a little daunting. While the advice is clear that people should still consider whether their journey is necessary and wear a face covering if travelling, inevitably many will be nervous about the prospect of heading onto public transport in the future.

To help ease customer concerns, the key workers from Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern (operated by Govia Thameslink Railway – GTR) have come together to create a short video. Taking passengers behind the scenes, the video helps reassure them of the work being done and demonstrate the small things we can all do to stay safe. 

In addition, the team at GTR have offered their Top Ten Tips for travelling in the new world, from using your elbow to open the door to avoiding eating or drinking on the train [see attached infographic at the bottom of this release in the related content section]. 

Steve White, Chief Operating Officer at GTR says; “Throughout the Coronavirus lockdown, the teams at Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern have been working solidly to keep key workers moving and now, as restrictions ease, they are again working effortlessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all passengers. While we are doing our bit, we ask all our passengers to consider the safety of others and follow our top ten tips and where possible stagger their journey as much as possible to help everyone stay safe.”

The teams at Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink hope that their top tips will reassure customers and help keep everyone safe.

-ENDS-

GTR is supporting social distancing with a wide range of measures:

One-way and queuing systems at the busiest stations, with 19,000 floor signs across the network, 25,000 train signs, posters, adverts and announcements to remind people to socially distance

1,000 touch-free hand sanitiser points have been put in at stations

A staff app has been developed to monitor passenger volumes and movements to identify ‘hot spots’ across the network – it uses data from trains, ticket sales, ticket gates, and from staff seeing where social distancing may not be being observed. This can also be used to modify services where possible

To keep passengers and staff safe, there is an enhanced cleaning regime focused on touch points:

All 2,700 train carriages are sanitised every night

GTR has treated all its trains with a powerful new viruscide which sticks to surfaces, killing viruses for up to 30 days.

This product is also being used to treat stations, offices and other staff locations such as depots.

GTR’S TOP TEN TIPS FOR TRAVELLING:

1.Do not travel if you feel unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19

2.Please wear a face covering when you are travelling on the train and ensure you sanitise your hands before and after travelling

3.Use contactless payment as much as you can or switch to the Key smartcard – this means that you can avoid going to the ticket office and/or machines as much as possible

4.If you can, try and stagger your journey and avoid the morning and evening peaks

5.We’re keeping our trains clean but every little action can help – how about using your elbow to open the door button to keep your hands clean

6.Please try to avoid eating and drinking on board – you’re best to keep your face covering securely in place for your whole journey

7.When taking the escalator, please stand on the right, do not walk down on the left and leave a few steps in between yourself and the person in front to allow for a gap

8.Try boarding at the front or end of the train as there may be more space

9.Please do your best to keep your distance from other travellers, let’s all help each other

10.To help keep you and everyone around you safe, follow social distancing guidance at stations and advice from our friendly station staff

On The Cameras Today – 25/06/20

Thursday 25th June – MAINLINE CAMERAS

ALTRINCHAM CAMERA

BARKING CAMERAS

BEATTOCK CAMERA

02:25 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

03:00 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

03:59 – Direct Rail Services diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q81 Mossend Down Yard to Carlisle High Wapping Sidings

BEDFORD CAMERA

22:11 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled ECS move – 5Q20 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Ferme Park Reception Line Gb Railfreight

23:13 – Freightliner light engine move (Diesel) – 0M59 Elstow Redland Siding to Earles Sidings (hope) Freightliner Heavy Haul

BOLTON LE SANDS CAMERA (freightmaster.net)

01:18 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:07 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

10:21 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z86 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carlisle

13:54 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z87 Carlisle to Crewe Holding Sidings

BUSHBURY JUNCTION CAMERA

10:57 – Colas Rail operated Network Rail NMT test train – 1Q25 Derby Rtc Serco to Derby

15:12 – Colas Rail operated Network Rail NMT test train – 1Q25 Derby Rtc Serco to Derby

CAMDEN JUNCTION CAMERAS

 – CAMERA 1 (Euston/WCML)

07:43 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

08:58 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper ECS move – 5M16 London Euston to Wembley Inter City Depot

19:23 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper ECS move – 5S95 Wembley Inter City Depot to London Euston

21:20 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

 – CAMERA 2 (Primrose Hill/Freight)

CHESTERFIELD CAMERAS (Hasland/Chesterfield Sth Jn)

02:09 – Freightliner light engine move (Diesel) – 0M59 Elstow Redland Siding to Earles Sidings (hope) Freightliner Heavy Haul

CLITHEROE CAMERA

11:20 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z20 Preston to Hellifield Goods Loops

13:04 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z21 Hellifield Goods Loops to Hellifield Goods Loops

14:14 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z21 Hellifield Goods Loops to Hellifield Goods Loops

16:42 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z22 Hellifield Goods Loops to Preston

CRAMLINGTON CAMERA

CREWE CAMERAS (crewehc.org)

 – CAMERA 1

 – CAMERA 2

05:33 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

09:14 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z86 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carlisle

15:26 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z87 Carlisle to Crewe Holding Sidings

23:50 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

 – CAMERA 3

05:33 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

09:14 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z86 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carlisle 

15:26 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z87 Carlisle to Crewe Holding Sidings

23:50 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

 – CAMERA 4

02:06 – Freightliner light engine move (Diesel) – 0K40 Ditton (Oconnor) Fliner to Crewe Bas Hall L.H.S.

05:31 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

09:15 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z86 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carlisle 

15:24 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z87 Carlisle to Crewe Holding Sidings

18:43 – Freightliner light engine move (Diesel) – 0M88 Crewe Basford Hall Ssn to Ditton O’connor Sidings Freightliner 

23:52 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

DAGENHAM (BECONTREE) CAMERA

DAWLISH BEACH CAMERAS (dawlishbeach.com)

 – DAWLISH CAMERAS

 – DAWLISH WARREN CAMERA

DONCASTER CAMERA (www.socotec.co.uk)

DOVEY JUNCTION/DYFI OSPREY PROJECT CAMERA (https://www.dyfiospreyproject.com)

FARINGTON JUNCTION CAMERA

00:46 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

09:58 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z86 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carlisle

14:24 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z87 Carlisle to Crewe Holding Sidings

FLITWICK CAMERA   

22:22 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled ECS move – 5Q20 Derby Adtranz Litchurch Lane to Ferme Park Reception Line Gb Railfreight

GRATELEY CAMERA (facebook.com/grateleytrains/)

LEYLAND CAMERA

00:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:44 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

09:57 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z86 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carlisle

14:27 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z87 Carlisle to Crewe Holding Sidings

NEWBURY CAMERA (icn-ltd.com)

PETERBOROUGH CAMERAS (railworld.org.uk)

 – CAMERA 1

 – CAMERA 2, 3 & 4

PORTSMOUTH CAMERA 

PRESTON CAMERA

01:03 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:25 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

10:05 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z86 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carlisle

14:12 – Locomotive Services Ltd diesel hauled ECS move – 5Z87 Carlisle to Crewe Holding Sidings

SANQUHAR CAMERA (sanquharstation.co.uk)

SETTLE to CARLISLE LINE CAMERAS (foscl.org.uk)

 – HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE CAMERA 

 – KIRKBY STEPHEN CAMERA

 – RIBBLEHEAD CAMERAS

SHREWSBURY ABBEY FOREGATE CAMERA (beachifa.co.uk)

SLOUGH CAMERAS

20:50 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera ECS move – 5C50 Reading Traincare Depot to Paddington

ST BEES CAMERA

THANKERTON CAMERA

02:05 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

03:22 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

03:23 – Direct Rail Services diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q81 Mossend Down Yard to Carlisle High Wapping Sidings

TODMORDEN CAMERA

UPHALL CAMERA

WALTON-ON-THE-NAZE CAMERA

WATFORD CAMERA

07:30 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

21:35 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

YORK CAMERAS

 – NORTH (SKELTON JN) CAMERAS

02:59 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 3Q59 Heaton T&R.S.M.D. to Derby R.T.C.(Network Rail)

 – ROC CAMERA 1 (Station) (networkrail.co.uk)s

 – ROC CAMERA 2 (Avoider) (networkrail.co.uk)

03:05 – Colas Rail diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 3Q59 Heaton T&R.S.M.D. to Derby R.T.C.(Network Rail)

There is no guarantee that the services listed above will run, at the time of posting these are believed to be correct.

Thursday 25th June – HERITAGE RAILWAY CAMERAS

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY

(llangollen-railway.co.uk (stationholiday.co.uk)) 

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://llangollenrailway.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/covid-19-appeal

NENE VALLEY RAILWAY

(nvr.org.uk)  

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis.

ROMNEY, HYTHE & DYMCHURCH RAILWAY

(rhdr.org.uk)

Home of the Railcam Rambler

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.rhdr.org.uk/special-events/temporary-closure-update/

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY 

(southdevonrailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/2020/03/17/all-sdr-train-services-temporarily-suspended/

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY 

(spavalleyrailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/article.php/87/spa-valley-railway-railway-closed-due-to-covid-19-pandemic

SWANAGE RAILWAY

(swanagerailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://swanagerailway.co.uk/news/detail/coronavirus-update

TALYLLYN RAILWAY

(talyllyn.co.uk

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.talyllyn.co.uk/covid-19-update

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

(west-somerset-railway.co.uk

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/news/detail/west-somerset-railway-has-decided-it-has-to-postpone-the-first-running-services-of-the-season

There is no guarantee that the services listed above will run, at the time of posting these are believed to be correct.

On The Cameras Tomorrow – 26/06/20

Friday 26th June – MAINLINE CAMERAS

ALTRINCHAM CAMERA

BARKING CAMERAS

BEATTOCK CAMERA

02:25 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

03:00 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

BEDFORD CAMERA

BOLTON LE SANDS CAMERA (freightmaster.net)

01:18 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:07 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

BUSHBURY JUNCTION CAMERA

CAMDEN JUNCTION CAMERAS

 – CAMERA 1 (Euston/WCML)

07:43 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

08:58 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper ECS move – 5M16 London Euston to Wembley Inter City Depot

19:23 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper ECS move – 5S95 Wembley Inter City Depot to London Euston

21:20 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

 – CAMERA 2 (Primrose Hill/Freight)

02:47 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 3Q49 Ferme Park Reception Sidings to Ferme Park Reception Sidings

05:19 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 3Q49 Ferme Park Reception Sidings to Ferme Park Reception Sidings

CHESTERFIELD CAMERAS (Hasland/Chesterfield Sth Jn)

02:09 – Freightliner light engine move (Diesel) – 0M59 Elstow Redland Siding to Earles Sidings (hope) Freightliner Heavy Haul

CLITHEROE CAMERA

11:20 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z20 Preston to Hellifield Goods Loops

14:40 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z22 Hellifield Goods Loops to Crewe Holding Sidings

CRAMLINGTON CAMERA

CREWE CAMERAS (crewehc.org)

 – CAMERA 1

07:49 – DB Cargo/Grand Central Class 90 light engine move – 0xxx Crewe Electric Traction Maintenance Depot to Widnes Transport Tech

 – CAMERA 2

05:33 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

07:52 – DB Cargo/Grand Central Class 90 light engine move – 0xxx Crewe Electric Traction Maintenance Depot to Widnes Transport Tech

10:09 – DB Cargo/Grand Central Class 90 hauled MK4 ECS move – 5xxx Widnes Transport Tech to Wembley Inter City Depot

16:25 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z22 Hellifield Goods Loops to Crewe Holding Sidings

23:50 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

 – CAMERA 3

05:33 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

07:49 – DB Cargo/Grand Central Class 90 light engine move – 0xxx Crewe Electric Traction Maintenance Depot to Widnes Transport Tech

07:52 – DB Cargo/Grand Central Class 90 light engine move – 0xxx Crewe Electric Traction Maintenance Depot to Widnes Transport Tech

10:09 – DB Cargo/Grand Central Class 90 hauled MK4 ECS move – 5xxx Widnes Transport Tech to Wembley Inter City Depot

16:25 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z22 Hellifield Goods Loops to Crewe Holding Sidings

23:50 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

 – CAMERA 4

05:31 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

07:53 – DB Cargo/Grand Central Class 90 light engine move – 0xxx Crewe Electric Traction Maintenance Depot to Widnes Transport Tech

10:07 – DB Cargo/Grand Central Class 90 hauled MK4 ECS move – 5xxx Widnes Transport Tech to Wembley Inter City Depot

16:24 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z22 Hellifield Goods Loops to Crewe Holding Sidings

18:43 – Freightliner light engine move (Diesel) – 0M88 Crewe Basford Hall Ssn to Ditton O’connor Sidings Freightliner 

23:52 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

DAGENHAM (BECONTREE) CAMERA

00:59 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 3Q49 Ferme Park Reception Sidings to Ferme Park Reception Sidings

02:00 – GB Railfreight diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 3Q49 Ferme Park Reception Sidings to Ferme Park Reception Sidings

DAWLISH BEACH CAMERAS (dawlishbeach.com)

 – DAWLISH CAMERAS

01:22 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

04:22 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

 – DAWLISH WARREN CAMERA

01:24 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

04:21 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

DONCASTER CAMERA (www.socotec.co.uk)

DOVEY JUNCTION/DYFI OSPREY PROJECT CAMERA (https://www.dyfiospreyproject.com)

FARINGTON JUNCTION CAMERA

00:46 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

FLITWICK CAMERA   

GRATELEY CAMERA (facebook.com/grateleytrains/)

LEYLAND CAMERA

00:42 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:44 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

15:26 – Locomotive Services Ltd light engine move (Diesel) – 0Z22 Hellifield Goods Loops to Crewe Holding Sidings

NEWBURY CAMERA (icn-ltd.com)

01:06 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

PETERBOROUGH CAMERAS (railworld.org.uk)

 – CAMERA 1

07:14 – GB Railfreight light engine move (Diesel) – 0G34 Welwyn Garden City Freight Depot to Peterborough West Yard

 – CAMERA 2, 3 & 4

PORTSMOUTH CAMERA 

PRESTON CAMERA

01:03 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

04:25 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

SANQUHAR CAMERA (sanquharstation.co.uk)

SETTLE to CARLISLE LINE CAMERAS (foscl.org.uk)

 – HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE CAMERA 

 – KIRKBY STEPHEN CAMERA

 – RIBBLEHEAD CAMERAS

SHREWSBURY ABBEY FOREGATE CAMERA (beachifa.co.uk)

SLOUGH CAMERAS

00:11 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1C50 Paddington to Penzance

04:31 – Colas Rail operated Network Rail NMT test train – 1Z20 Reading to Derby Rtc Serco

04:42 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera – 1A50 Penzance to Paddington

05:22 – Colas Rail operated Network Rail NMT test train – 1Z20 Reading to Derby Rtc Serco

09:10 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera ECS move – 5A50 Paddington to Reading Traincare Depot

20:50 – Great Western Railway Class 57 hauled Night Riviera ECS move – 5C50 Reading Traincare Depot to Paddington

ST BEES CAMERA

THANKERTON CAMERA

02:05 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

03:22 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

03:23 – Direct Rail Services diesel hauled Network Rail test train – 1Q81 Mossend Down Yard to Carlisle High Wapping Sidings

TODMORDEN CAMERA

UPHALL CAMERA

WALTON-ON-THE-NAZE CAMERA

WATFORD CAMERA

07:30 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1M16 Inverness to London Euston

13:08 – DB Cargo/Grand Central Class 90 hauled MK4 ECS move – 5xxx Widnes Transport Tech to Wembley Inter City Depot

21:35 – Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 hauled Highland Sleeper – 1S25 London Euston to Inverness

YORK CAMERAS

 – NORTH (SKELTON JN) CAMERAS

 – ROC CAMERA 1 (Station) (networkrail.co.uk)s

 – ROC CAMERA 2 (Avoider) (networkrail.co.uk)

There is no guarantee that the services listed above will run, at the time of posting these are believed to be correct.

Thursday 25th June – HERITAGE RAILWAY CAMERAS

LLANGOLLEN RAILWAY

(llangollen-railway.co.uk (stationholiday.co.uk)) 

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://llangollenrailway.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/covid-19-appeal

NENE VALLEY RAILWAY

(nvr.org.uk)  

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis.

ROMNEY, HYTHE & DYMCHURCH RAILWAY

(rhdr.org.uk)

Home of the Railcam Rambler

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.rhdr.org.uk/special-events/temporary-closure-update/

SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY 

(southdevonrailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/2020/03/17/all-sdr-train-services-temporarily-suspended/

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY 

(spavalleyrailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/article.php/87/spa-valley-railway-railway-closed-due-to-covid-19-pandemic

SWANAGE RAILWAY

(swanagerailway.co.uk)

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://swanagerailway.co.uk/news/detail/coronavirus-update

TALYLLYN RAILWAY

(talyllyn.co.uk

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.talyllyn.co.uk/covid-19-update

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

(west-somerset-railway.co.uk

Closed until further notice due to COVID-19 crisis – https://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/news/detail/west-somerset-railway-has-decided-it-has-to-postpone-the-first-running-services-of-the-season

There is no guarantee that the services listed above will run, at the time of posting these are believed to be correct.

Embankment reinforcement protects services on the Sudbury branch line

Essential work to reinforce the embankment and protect the tracks on the Sudbury branch line has been carried out to prevent delays and cancellations to the rail service.

Network Rail’s engineers were alerted to the embankment slipping between Wakes Colne and Bures stations at the beginning of the year, caused by heavy rainfall. A temporary support was put in place while engineers worked up a long-term solution to prevent damage to the tracks. The area is also home to many badgers and the work was designed in a way to prevent disturbing the setts.

Engineers worked over eleven weeks to remove spoil, support the embankment and build a gabion wall, using nearly 200 tonnes of aggregate, which was completed this month. The drainage system was also cleared and new parts fitted to allow better drainage in the future.

The work will prevent the embankment slipping further onto the tracks which would cause damage and lead to long-term cancellation of train services.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “This crucial work will prevent delays and cancellations for passengers using this line. Our engineers have worked hard to avoid closing the line while they carried out the repairs, while also preventing a far worse situation.”

Tree cutting resumes on East Kilbride and Barrhead lines.

Network Rail has announced that tree cutting work on the line between Glasgow and East Kilbride / Barrhead, paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now resume.

Work was paused in March in order to protect the welfare of our staff, contractors and the wider public in line with Scottish Government guidance and we are continuing to follow this advice to allow us to safely resume activity.

The welfare of our passengers, the public, contractors and our staff remains our priority and work will now take place with physical distancing measures in place where possible, using additional protective equipment when not and finding new ways of working to ensure that vegetation can be cleared safely.

The work had been stopped in September 2019 in response to concerns raised by some lineside communities around the scope of the vegetation clearance. Network Rail listened to this feedback and revisited its approach to look at ways in which it can safely retain some trees beyond six metres from the railway.

The ultimate aim is to deliver and maintain a safe and efficient railway and removal of large trees from the lineside is important for rail safety.

Clearing the trees and vegetation along the 11-mile railway corridor is now underway and will be ongoing until December.  It will enable site and geological investigation (SI/GI) which will inform the development of proposals to enhance the railway.

As well as vegetation clearance, this work will include a general tidy up and will address any issues with fencing uncovered as the vegetation is cleared. It will be delivered in a combination of both day and night-time working, including at weekends.

Ahead of work starting, Network Rail has undertaken all necessary environmental and ecological surveys to identify any protected species or nesting birds in the area, with additional measures implemented as we are in bird nesting season. Where any species have been identified, appropriate methods of working are put in place to safeguard species, roosts and habitats of value.

The equipment which will be used to clear the vegetation will include chainsaws, and chipping machines as well as ‘on track’ plant and machinery.

Katie Vollbracht, Network Rail’s senior sponsor for the programme, said; “While maintenance teams have been working every night throughout the lockdown to keep the railway open and running efficiently for key workers and essential journeys, we have been advised that it is now the right time to resume work on projects which will enhance the railway.

“Consequently we are now able to resume vegetation clearance activities on both the East Kilbride and Barrhead lines.  

“Working on the railway always presents a logistical challenge in normal times but we now have the additional element of ensuring physical distancing, where possible. To do this we are following best advice, using additional protective equipment and learning new ways of working that will help keep everyone safe and let us get the job done.

“We fully understand the concerns of lineside communities but as previously stated, we will work to minimise the removal of trees, proactively identify any safeguarded species, roosts and habitats of value and look at ways we can safely retain trees out-with a six-metre corridor.

“While we will do what we can to minimise any disturbance from the vegetation management, we understand that this work will be noisy at times and apologise for any inconvenience.”

People can ask any questions or raise any concerns by contacting Network Rail on 03457 11 41 41.

Green light for Newcastle Central Station

Multi-million-pound improvements that will change the face of Newcastle’s historic Central Station have taken a major step forward.

Last year Newcastle City Council and partners announced plans to open-up access to the Victorian station, improve traffic flows in front, accommodate more passengers and change taxi pick-up points and short stay parking. Residents, taxi drivers and Historic England were consulted.

Now planners have given the green light for the works to begin after granting Listed Building Consent in this, the station’s, 170th year.

Artist impression of Central Parkway entrance

Artist’s impressions show two new entrances into the station.

One in the west which will take passengers from Central Parkway into the station to a new concourse, and a second at the front of the station on Neville Street where a car rental business is currently located.

In January (20th) Cabinet approved a revised development frameworkthat gives developers guidance on investing in the Forth Yards area south west of the station. That could lead to a new a multi-storey car park, office space and up to 2,500 homes on the 22-hectare site.

Welcoming the Listed Building Consent, Cabinet Member for Employment and Culture, Cllr Ged Bell, said: “This is great news for the city.

“Newcastle Central Station is the gateway to the region. With rising passenger numbers, we need to ensure it offers a pleasant experience while playing its part to help the city recover and grow after the pandemic.

“The new entrances will open the station up to the wider area – Stephenson Quarter, and the Forth Yards area that will be the city’s next big development site providing quality homes with views of the river.

“By improving traffic flows at the front of the station we hope to cut carbon emissions, helping the city become carbon-zero by 2030 and tackling climate change.

“Central Station was opened by Queen Victoria and is a Grade I listed building. 

“Although some demolition will be required, opening it up will expose original features that have been hidden away for years and will take the building back to the way it looked in 1850.”

Claire Ansley, Director of Customer Experience at LNER, who manages the station, said: “We are pleased that the plans to enhance Newcastle Central Station have been approved. The enhancements we’re making will help make the station more accessible from the surrounding areas and provide an even warmer welcome to the thousands of people travelling to and from the city every day.”

Paul McKeown, Investment Director for Network Rail, said: “This is a fantastic project and receiving listed building consent brings us one step closer to realising these improvements.

“We’re delighted to be a part of this vital scheme and will continue to work closely with both Newcastle City Council and LNER on these improvements, which will open up the station and make it more pleasant for passengers.”

With Listed Building Consent now granted it’s expected work on site will begin later in the year.  

Grade II listed swing bridge in Selby to remain in railway position this week as high temperatures forecast

Network Rail has today (Tuesday, 23 June) confirmed that the Grade II listed railway bridge in Selby will not be swung on Wednesday or Thursday this week as temperatures are set to soar.

With high temperatures forecast on both days, Network Rail has taken the decision to keep the bridge in the railway position on these days. This is necessary as hot weather can impact on the operation of the bridge.

Repair work taking place to Selby bridge in 2014

Rails in direct sunshine can be as much as 20°C hotter than air temperature and, because rails are made from steel, they expand as they get hotter. If this happens on the bridge, it means that the rails cannot line back up properly, meaning the bridge can’t close again if it has already opened to waterway traffic. This would mean disruption to rail services on the route between York, Selby and Hull.

The Government advice remains that people should avoid public transport where possible. This means that those who are travelling on trains are likely to be critical workers or those who cannot work from home, so it is even more important that train services remain running reliably during this time.

In 2014, Network Rail invested £14million to improve the bridge and make it more reliable. The work included track upgrades, repairing steel work and improvements to the hydraulics and were the most significant improvements made to the bridge since its construction.

Chris Gee, Head of Operations for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “This has been a difficult decision and not one which we take lightly as we know this is a much loved and used waterway.

“It’s really important that we keep those who need to travel by train moving reliably and keeping this bridge in the railway position is one proactive measure we can take to do this.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience this caused and thank people for their patience for any disruption caused.”

Whilst the bridge is expected to reopen to waterway traffic on Friday, this decision will be reviewed in line with forecast temperatures.

Vital project to improve accessibility at Spalding station will now complete in September

Major work by Network Rail to improve accessibility at Spalding railway station will now complete in September, after the need to implement social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress.

Network Rail began work in December 2019 to install new lifts at the station, which will create step-free access to platform 2. The work, which will also see new lights and CCTV installed, will provide improved accessibility and make it easier for passengers to use the station.

Improvements to platform 2

The project was originally expected to complete in June and good progress had been made. However, work to install the lifts could not be done safely in line with COVID-19 social distancing measures, which meant changes had to be made to the working method.  The revised working method is now in place, meaning work on this part of the project can continue, however it does mean that the project will take longer than originally planned.

Work already complete on the project includes building the lift shafts, in keeping with the Grade II listed building. Whilst fewer people were using the station, workers also took the opportunity to improve the drainage and surfacing on platform 2.

Once the lifts are installed, the final stages of the project will involve connecting them to the footbridge and the existing station building. All of this work is being carried out without disrupting train services and both platforms remain open for passengers. The small compound in the car park will remain in place until the project is completed in September.

Lift shaft on platform 1

Passengers are reminded that they should continue to avoid public transport where possible. Those who must travel should wear a face covering, however some passengers are exempt, including young children and people with hidden disabilities or breathing difficulties. 

Gary Walsh, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Midlands Route, said: “This is a vital project to improve accessibility for passengers at Spalding station and we are sorry that work is taking longer than originally planned.

“Due to social distancing guidelines, we needed to change our working methods to protect the safety of our workers. We have done this, and work is able to continue, however it has had an impact on the completion date of the project.

“We’d like to thank passengers for their continued patience, and we look forward to them reaping the benefits.”

Sophie Hammond, Area Manager for Lincolnshire, East Midlands Railway, said: “When completed, this project will massively improve accessibility at the station, which will open up travel opportunities and make using the station much easier for our passengers at Spalding.”

Spalding station