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Signal box to be relocated

Friday 1 October 2021

The signal box at Hertford East station is to be relocated to a heritage railway in the Yorkshire Dales, after Listed Building Consent was granted by the distrrict council.

The Grade II listed signal box was built in 1888 when the station was relocated from Railway Place to Mill Road and is a design commonly found on the railway network. Signalling was transferred to a central control centre at Liverpool Street in 2003 and all signal boxes on the line were decommissioned.

The Railway Heritage Trust have awarded a grant of £80,000 fo the relocation to Wensleydale Railway.

Network Rail are planning to remove the signal box over a ten day period, during which the line will be closed to allow 24 access to the railway. 

Train passing the Hertford East signal box

Following removal of the building, the platforms will be extended to allow longer trains to use the station.

Train operating company Greater Anglia are in the process of replacing their entire fleet of with 5-car Class 720 Aventra trains. These can be used in pairs to increase capacity at busy times.

An Aventra train approaching Hertford East station

The line currently uses a mix of Class 317 units, built in the 1980s, and the newer Class 379 Electrostars, built in 2010-11 for the Stansted Express route.

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