End of an era at New Street

Birmingham New Street’s famous power signal box closed in Christmas 2022. Network Rail Central Route Director DENISE WETTON and Operations Director MARTIN COLMEY talk to ANDY RODEN about the challenges and successes of this major resignalling programme

A view of the relay room in the signal box.

Standing as a forbidding sentinel on the edge of Birmingham New Street station, its distinctive power signal box has had a staffed presence 24 hours a day in the city centre since 1966 when it opened.

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