The Garsdale Grade II signal box on one of the finest lines – Settle to Carlisle Line – has been restored to improve passenger travel and improve freight movement.
Renovation work includes repairs to the timber frame of the 111-year-old signal box on the Settle and Carlisle railway line, as well as repairs to electronics and exterior cladding. New windows and a new roof were also installed.
Work at the Garsdale signal box is part of the Great North Rail Project’s £500,000 investment. Earlier this year the Ribblehead Viaduct, also on the Settle to Carlisle line, saw an investment of £2.1million.
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Rachel Slater, project manager for Network Rail, said: “We take great care in maintaining heritage structures on the railway and the Settle-Carlisle railway line is no exception.”
“The historic Garsdale Signal Post has been restored to its former glory as part of a half million pound investment by the Great North Rail Project. This will secure future passenger and freight travel on this iconic road in the northwest.
Tony Baxter, Northern Regional Manager, said: “The refurbishment of the Garsdale Signal House is a significant investment in rail infrastructure. Not only will this protect historic property, but it will mean that today’s railway will continue to operate.
“Customers traveling with us on the Settle and Carlisle route will benefit from improved reliability on this section of the line.”
Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said: ‘This is fantastic news and my thanks go to the engineers at Network Rail who have worked hard to bring this refurbishment to a successful conclusion.
“The iconic Settle to Carlisle line is such an important route both for people commuting to work and for tourists visiting the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.”
Richard Morris, former chairman of Friends of the Settle to Carlisle line, said: “We are delighted with the completed refurbishment of the Garsdale signal box, following similar work carried out at Appleby last year. We really appreciate Network Rail’s ongoing program to preserve our heritage and keep all signal boxes along the line in the best possible condition.