This article describes the U800 million project for introducing Class- 465 Networker trains for the Kent Link services between North Kent and London. It includes a map of the rail routes. The rolling stock represents a new generation of advanced technology equipment. However, 25% of the cost is for upgrading track, signalling, maintenance and berthing facilities. This is a very high ratio of infrastructure works to rolling stock, even allowing for the total route modernisation. The project is complex, with priorities determined by the gradual build-up of the Networker fleet and the availability of investment finance. Thus the work is being phased. Priority has been given to the immediate introduction of eight-car Networker operation, with the four Class-465 trains. Even this requires infrastructure work, including extensions of platforms at many stations. For the project in general, infrastructure work also includes: (1) route clearance; (2) gauging; (3) widening of tunnels and viaducts; (4) modification of platform heights; (5) new signal systems for some areas; (6) replacement of reed-track circuitry; (7) upgrading of power supplies; (8) renewing the Lewisham control room; (9) equipping all stations for driver-only operation, including closed- circuit television; (10) installation of Close Doors/Right Away (CD/RA) despatch at some stations.

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    Ian Allan Limited

    Terminal House
    Shepperton, Middlesex  England  TW17 8AS
  • Authors:
    • FORD, R
  • Publication Date: 1992-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 314,316-7,319-21
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 49
    • Issue Number: 525
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00631144
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 1 1993 12:00AM