£50m East Yorkshire rail upgrade hopes to get region back on track

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Jan 2019

A £50m upgrade to East Yorkshire’s railways will ensure the region has “a line fit for the 21 century,” it has been claimed.

Network Rail last month upgraded nine historic signal boxes and crossings on the stretch of track between North Ferriby and Goole.

Dating back to the early 20 century, the old mechanical system has now been replaced with state-of-the-art computer technology, which can more effectively monitor the locations of approaching trains.

It is hoped the huge investment will provide a rail infrastructure in line with that of rivalling cities across the country.

Adam Fowler, chief executive of The City of Hull & Humber Environment Forum, a charity which promotes public transport, said: “This is a significant investment in the region’s railway infrastructure that will ensure we have a line fit for the 21 century.

Brough East is one of the signal boxes to be upgraded. (Adam Fowler)

“It also highlights that there is significant investment in our railways at a time of increased scrutiny with increasing rail fares and the reliability of some services.”

The line currently carries more than 150 passenger trains every day, between Hull and places such as Leeds, Manchester, London and York.

Read more: After a year of chaos for trains in Hull, what does 2019 have in store?

The need for a fast and reliable service became all the more important as rail fares increased by a further 3.1 per cent this year.

The price hike came into effect on January 2, amid calls for a cost freeze following the chaos caused by the introduction of new timetables last May.

Signal boxes at Melton, Brough East, Broomfleet, Gilberdyke and Saltmarshe were among those to be upgraded in December, as part of the £50m investment.

Despite the sweeping Network Rail changes though, one signal box remained unaffected.

Crabley Creek, near South Cave, has been retained in its original condition, due to a historic agreement which requires the crossing to be staffed to enable access to a farm.



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