A digest of the main changes on Network Rail, London Underground and Northern Ireland Railways infrastructure during March 2021; compiled by Martyn Brailsford of the Branch Line Society (


Ripple Lane (2:4A) 

Facing points have been installed in the Down Tilbury line at 9M 10ch which have been clipped and locked. These points lead onto the Down Riverside line heading to Barking Riverside.

Between Wickford and Southminster (2:10A)

Big Hill UWC at 38M 20ch has been upgraded to an Overlay Miniature Stop Light (OMSL) crossing.

Thorpe-le-Soken (2:6A)

Three Gates User Worked Crossing (UWC) at 65M 65ch has been abolished.

Clacton-on-Sea (2:6A)

Track alterations and re-signalling have taken place at Clacton-on-Sea, with Clacton signal box closing and control transferred to Thorpe-le-Soken workstation at Colchester PSB. Track alterations include the removal of the run-round ability for platform 4 (the run-round is now just a dead-end siding), the removal of the double slip on the exit of the Down sidings and a revised throat layout (see diagram).

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