Scotrail/Abellio published its detailed performance improvement plan
yesterday in response to recent political pressure. One of the items (10.5) refers to plainlining the points and signals at Greenloaning by February 2017. Will that finally spell the end of Greenloaning mechanical box, permanently switched out for many years? There was reference in a previous thread
to the possibility of a park and ride at Greenloaning with the box retained for turning back services there - presumably the turnback part of that plan would no longer be possible.
There do not seem to be any other mechanical box closures, but there are several other signalling items - oil lamps repaced by LED lamps on semaphores between Perth-Aberdeen-Inverness; "reliability improvements" between Dyce and Inverurie boxes; renewal of Yoker signalling system by April 2017; banner repeater upgrades to LED types at five locations around Glasgow, and sempahores replaced by colour-lights at Glengarnock and Kirkconnell by January 2017, ground signals replaced by LED versions at Motherwell, Braidhurst, Mossend, and Burhouse by February 2017; and a long list of what to my untutored, non-industry eye simply looks like routine maintenance presented as performance improvement, but perhaps that is too cynical. One intriguing reference (6.1) is to increased reliability from signal cable renewal at Longannet, which I would have thought sees no traffic since the power station closed earlier this year. Is that because faults or thefts of disused cabling there show up on a panel somewhere and disrupt the working railway?