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Network Rail – signalling modernisation at least a couple of years away

October 24, 2010

Network Rail have declined to elaborate on plans to modernise the signalling between Hindley and Salford after publishing a notice of intent to close the signal boxes at Walkden, Atherton and Crow Nest (Hindley).

Apparently there are no plans to start the project until late 2012 or possibly later, and consultations with staff have not yet been started.

FOWS have alerted  a number of railway heritage bodies to the proposed closure to help ensure the historic signal box at Walkden is not lost to posterity.

For anybody interested in the history of other signal boxes in the north west, we recommend the Line Clear website written by former Walkden signaller Harry Gardner.

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