Peter Gibbons wrote:New crossovers will be or already laid at Sole Street, Strood, Rochester, Rainham, Cuxton, Aylesford, Maidstone West.
Rochester - yes (laid, but not in use). Sole Street - no. Rainham - due to be done last weekend, but postponed. Medway Valley - AFAIK, none yet.
No changes to level crossings yet. One of the reasons the Medway Valley has slipped is the awkwardness of some of the crossings, eg East Farleigh.
Of course, the hitlisted ‘boxes have now received a stay of execution.
JG Morgan wrote:I noticed the new signal on the up main just out of Fort Pitt tunnel this week. It has a Position 1 indicator, as well as Position 4 & 5. Given its location, and the new gantry you describe with four up direction signals, my interpretation is that the new signal will give access to all four platforms at the OLD Rochester station.
New signal is EK4068. Position 1 = Up Rochester Loop; Position 4 = Down Chatham; Position 5 = Down Rochester Loop; Miniature Indicator Only = Down Rochester Loop.
Positions 4, 5 and the Miniature Indicator were to remain out of use during the interim stage works (ie until the new station is in use).
JG Morgan wrote:Putting all this together, does this mean that the loops through the old station are to be retained after closure of the old station?
Yes. The Up Platform Loop will remain largely unchanged; the Down Platform Loop will become the country end of the new Down Rochester Loop.