UK: Digital Signalling Installed at Birmingham New Street

Network Rail has announced that all signals at Birmingham New Street station have now been digitalised to meet 21st century signalling standards.

Over the last 15 months, more than 230 miles of cabling have been laid to connect 64 LED colour light signals at Birmingham New Street station, Britain’s busiest interchange station.

Throughout the project, ten new equipment buildings were also constructed and 60 axle counters were installed to allow signallers to track the trains on the network.

Birmingham New Street SignallingAll the signals and equipment at Birmingham New Street station have now been brought up to 21st century standards

Malcolm Holmes, executive director for West Midlands Rail Executive, said:

“With Birmingham New Street at the centre of the national rail network, it is vital for the West Midlands and Britain that the signalling system which manages trains travelling in and out is the best it can be. The industry has worked together to plan and deliver this major upgrade which will be brought into permanent use later this year.”

Complete switch over to the new system will take place at the end of 2022. In the meantime, signalling control will continue from the Birmingham New Street Power Signal Box on Brunel Street, which was built in the 1960s.

Now that all signals have been digitalised across the station, this outdated power signal box will be decommissioned, and the new signalling system will eventually be controlled from the West Midlands Signalling Centre in Saltley.