Overhead wires replaced at London Euston in 3,000 hour project

Camden OLE
Credit: Network rail

An overhaul of the overhead power lines outside London Euston should more reliable journeys for passengers.

The work was completed by Network Rail last week after four weeks of overnight work to replace the cables that give trains in and out of London Euston power.

A total of 3,000 hours of work has resulted in 1,900m of new wires being installed.

James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast Mainline South route director, said: “During extremely hot weather overhead wires can sag. The wires can then catch on passing trains and be torn down.

“With extremes in temperature now becoming more common in Britain we need to weather-proof our railway. This work is part of that.

“It will help stop cables sagging and reduce the risk of them coming down, making the West Coast main line more reliable for the tens of thousands of passengers travelling in and out of Euston every day.”

Overhead wiring machine London Euston
Credit: Network Rail

Gus Dunster, executive director of operations & safety at Avanti West Coast, said: “We are pleased to have played a part in supporting Network Rail’s vital work to the overhead lines at Camden and would like to thank our customers for their patience, as we did our best to keep them moving.

“This essential work is the latest example of our collaboration with Network Rail to deliver additional maintenance projects while the railway is not operating at full capacity. The renewal of infrastructure and equipment on the approach to London Euston station will improve the reliability for millions of customers across the West Coast Main Line when we look forward to welcoming them back.”

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  1. Perhaps Network Rail should still continue on replacing the ageing 1950s overhead wires at Stratford & Maryland. And also to start replacing the ageing overhead wires on the LTS (c2c) Line between Fenchurch Street-Bromley-by-Bow in East London and Ardwick Junction-Hatfield & Gosslop in the Greater Manchester area.

    And to finish off replacing the overhead wires between Prittlewell-Southend Victoria on the Southend Victoria Line. As the old 1950s overhead wires do sag during hot weather & heatwaves and the new overhead wires don’t and are designed to taut.


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