Signalling the future for old railway

Work continues on the Borders Railway through Newtongrange
Work continues on the Borders Railway through Newtongrange

Signalling on the set to be re-opened railway line through Midlothian will use fibre optics to end 
copper theft disruption.

The signalling and telecoms teams on the Borders Railway has been using 
fibre optic cabling to connect their signals rather than traditional copper cables. Signalling systems have developed considerably since the days of the former Waverley line.

Hugh Wark, project director for Network Rail, said: “By using fibre optic cables rather than copper cables, we aim to improve the efficiency of signalling along the Borders route and reduce the risk of delays caused by copper theft. You can never fully eliminate the risk of criminal activity but metal thieves will not profit from their disruptive and illegal actions on the route.”