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Rail signal change improve Stromeferry traffic flows


Network Rail engineers have made changes to the signalling system which have been described as innovative in order to increase traffic access during essential rock face work.

Light traffic on the A890 Stromeferry bypass has been diverted onto the rail line during daylight hours to allow contractor Trac Engineering to undertake rock scaling work on the above the carriageway.

Work on the 12 week contract for Highland Council started on 3 September and the new rail signals give the traffic more time to cross the railway to ease congestion while maintaining safe operation of the rail route.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “Network Rail cannot suspend train services on any railway, but the new system will help to balance the needs of rail users with that of the wider community.

“Due to the length of the signalling section, which runs from Kyle of Lochalsh to Strathcarron, there had been a considerable period of time between services when the railway could not provide permission for vehicles to access the road over rail diversion.

“To reduce that waiting time, Network Rail has installed temporary stop boards and an automatic warning system for trains approaching Stromeferry which will allow services to be brought to a halt before reaching the road diversion.”

Network Rail head of route safety Simon Constable added: We have been working closely with Highland Council and our industry partners to find a solution which maintains safety on the railway while improving waiting times for motorists.

“We are pleased to have been able to put these new arrangements in place which will allow train operators to keep using the line, while also increasing access across our infrastructure.

“We have essentially turned a section of the line into a temporary level crossing, installing new equipment and deploying additional staff, to help mitigate the impact of the road closure.”


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