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Last update 29 May 2019

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Code Signal Box Note ELR Mileage Opened Closed Control to
AF Abbey Foregate Junction   WSJ2 171m 13ch 1914    
AJ Abbey Junction   NWO 9m 64ch 1867? 16 February 1992 Nuneaton (NN)
R Repeater signals
AW Abbey Wood Downgraded to gate box 25 October 1970 NKL 11m 49ch c1874 13 July 1975 Dartford (D)
AE Abbey Works East   OVE 2m 40ch 20 March 1949 1 November 1987 Port Talbot (PT)
AW Abbey Works West   OVE 1m 74ch 20 March 1949 4 July 1982 Port Talbot (PT)
AG Aberbeeg Junction   EBW 14m 21ch November 1891 14 December 1997 Park Junction (PJ)
  Abercwmboi   ABD 21m 22ch by 1884 9 October 1989 Abercynon (A/AB)
A Abercynon Aberdare branch signals.  Code used by 4 September 1977 CAM 16m 25ch 3 April 1932 30 May 2008 Abercynon [new] (A)
AB Merthyr Tydfil branch signals
A Abercynon [new]   CAM 16m 25ch 30 May 2008    
AS Aberdare Sidings Ground Frame   MLN1     10 September 1966 Old Oak Common (OO)
A Aberdeen Code used from 1981 ECN5 240m 63ch 21 June 1981    
A Aberdour Code used 1979 ECN2 17m 34ch 1890 10 December 1979 Edinburgh (EU)
A Abergavenny Also known as Abergavenny Station, and as Abergavenny (Monmouth Road) Station HNL1 22m 75ch 27 May 1934   Wales Rail Operating Centre (NS) (planned)
  Abergavenny (Monmouth Road) See Abergavenny
  Abergavenny Station See Abergavenny
AE Abergele   CNH3 213m 29ch August 1902 late on 23 March 2018 (last train);
26 March 2018 (official)
Wales Rail Operating Centre (FH)
AW Aberthaw Formerly named Aberthaw East VOG 5m 3ch November 1897 9 March 2013
(delayed from 28 January 2013)
South Wales Control Centre (CF)
A Some signals shown on signal plan
  Aberthaw East See Aberthaw
A Abington Code used from 1972 WCM1 57m 53ch 20 September 1942 29 April 1973 Motherwell (MC)
A Acklington   ECM7 c28m 36ch   11 January 1964 Chevington (CN)
R Two emergency aerodrome signals.  Code used by 1954
A Acle   NAY 10m 29ch 1882   Colchester [new] (YL) (planned)
A Acton Formerly named Acton West MLN1 4m 79ch 1 September 1932 24 February 1968 Old Oak Common [new panel] (OO)
DM Down main line automatic signals
AB Acton Bridge   CGJ1 172m 35ch   25 June 1972 Winsford (WD)
ACW Acton Canal Wharf   CAW 8m 40ch 1895    
AG Acton Grange   CGJ2 c180m 12ch 5 April 1940 16 September 1972 Warrington (WN)
AL Acton Lane   LLG 0m 30ch 10 May 1964 24 December 2000 Wembley (WM)
AM Acton Middle   MLN1 4m 25ch 1900 31 January 1959 Acton (A)
AW Acton Wells Junction   BOK5 0m 65ch 1892    
AW Acton West   MLN1 c4m 65ch   5 May 1984 Old Oak Common [new panel] (OO)
  Acton West See Acton
AY Acton Yard   MLN1 4m 16ch 1 February 1959 7 April 1984 Old Oak Common [new panel] (OO)
AC Addiscombe Burnt down 7 March 1996 EEA 12m 66ch 1899 31 May 1997 Line closed
AD Addlestone Downgraded to gate box 22 March 1970 VWW 20m 64ch 1899 6 January 1974 Woking ASC (WV)
A Adwick Crossing Code used from 1980 PED4 14m 47ch c1907 10 May 1981 Sheffield (S)
AX Earlier code
A Adwick Junction   DOL1 160m 57ch 1958 8 March 1970 Skellow (S)
AJ Agecroft Junction   MVE1 3m 33ch November 1950 9 April 1988 Windsor Bridge (WB)
  Ainsdale   HXS3 14m 67ch 1878 11 March 1994 Merseyrail (ML)
AD Airdrie Code used from 30 July 1960 NEM2 10m 38ch 28 February 1960 28 July 1991 Yoker (YS)
AN Albion Downgraded to shunt frame 8 January 1966: line controlled by Birmingham New Street (NS) RBS2 6m 14ch     Birmingham New Street (NS)
A Aldam Junction   PED3 9m 76ch 24 November 1906 5 March 1983 Line closed
AS Aldershot Named Aldershot 'A' to 3 April 1977 PAA1 34m 75ch c1900 27 August 2013 Woking ASC (WK)
ASA Semi-automatic signals partially controlled from Ground Frame A
WAS Automatic signals (code not seen on site: possibly should be WA500-series automatic signals)
WA Automatic signals
  Aldershot 'A' See Aldershot
  Aldershot Junction See Aldershot Junction North
GW Aldershot Junction North   PAA1 33m 40ch 1879 23 August 1970 Aldershot (AS)
AJ Aldridge Junction   CBR2     May 1967? Walsall (WL)
A Aldwarke Junction   TJC3 164m 46ch 7 March 1965 25 February 1980 Sheffield (SA)
RA Repeater signals
SA Temporary code (post 1979?) until taken over by Sheffield WME 6m 75ch
SA Aldwarke Junction [reopened]   TJC3 164m 46ch 23 September 1990 11 July 1992 Sheffield (SA)
WME 6m 75ch
AD Alexandra Dock   KGD       Line closed
AX Alexandria   BCH 19m 20ch   11 March 1973 Yoker (YD)
AD Allerton Depot Stop boards          
AN Allerton Junction   WJL3 187m 66ch 8 August 1960 24 December 2018 (last train);
2 January 2019 (official)
Manchester Rail Operating Centre (WE)
ANR Banner repeater signals
AJ Code reported in June 1993 weekly notice
AL Allington   NOG1 108m 72ch 3 October 2005    
AJ Allington Junction   NOG1 108m 71ch 12 May 1875 30 September 2005 (last train);
3 October 2005 (official)
Allington (AL)
AT Allscott Sugar Works Code possibly not carried WSJ2 164m 33ch 5 February 1928 27 January 1985 Wellington (WN)
D Alne Down line semi-automatic signals ECM5 c11m 14ch   15 May 1960 Pilmoor (P)
U Up line semi-automatic signals
A Alnmouth Named Alnmouth North to 1957.  Code used from 1977 replacing all others ECM7 34m 76ch 1907    
AH Code used to 1977
D Down line automatic signals
U Up line automatic signals
  Alnmouth North See Alnmouth
  Alresford Station Downgraded to gate box 21 December 1958: line controlled by East Gate Junction (EG) COC 57m 68ch 1889 2 March 2009 Colchester [new] (CO)
AS Alrewas   BJW3 22m 10ch 1899    
GA Alstone See Cheltenham Alstone
A Altofts Junction Code used by December 1977 TJC3 186m 0ch 5 June 1927 2 March 1990 Altofts Junction [new] (AJ)
RAJ Repeater signals
AJ Altofts Junction [new]   TJC3 186m 0ch 3 March 1990 20 September 1997 Castleford (CD)
NOC 23m 57ch
AM Altrincham   CDM1 7m 61ch   7 July 1991
(full replacement signalling into use 22 July 1991)
Deansgate Junction (DJ)
AY Amberley   TBH1 54m 61ch 24 January 1934 17 March 2014
(delayed from 25 October 2013)
Three Bridges [new] (T)
AR Ancaster   GRS2 114m 48ch 1 December 1873    
WFN Andover 'A' Named Andover Junction 'A' to 7 August 1964 BAE1 66m 11ch 1882 2 December 1973 Basingstoke [panel] (YW)
WFO Andover 'B' Named Andover Junction 'B' to 7 August 1964.  Code used from 25 April 1968 BAE1 66m 30ch 1882 2 December 1973 Basingstoke [panel] (YW)
DWFO Distant signals
WA Automatic signals
  Andover Junction 'A' See Andover 'A'
  Andover Junction 'B' See Andover 'B'
AR Angel Road   BGK     10 March 1969 Liverpool Street (L)
AG Angmering   BLI1 15m 48ch 1877 25 June 1988 Lancing (LG)
A Anlaby Road   HUL1 0m 73ch   c October 1964 Hessle Road Junction (HR)
AN Annan Code used from 1973 GSW 107m 10ch 1876    
A Unclear if code carried
AN Annat Downgraded to gate box 6 December 1987: line controlled by Banavie (B) MLG2 2m 15ch 21 June 1964 23 October 2011 Banavie (B)
ANT Unclear if code carried
A Apperley Junction   TJC3 202m 3ch 27 November 1927 4 July 1994 Leeds (L)
A Appleby (Lincolnshire)   DOW 26m 59ch 1885 24 February 2003 Appleby (Lincolnshire) [temporary panel]
AY Appleby (Lincolnshire) [temporary panel]   DOW 26m 58ch 24 February 2003 19 December 2004 Appleby (Lincolnshire) [reopened] (AY)
AY Appleby (Lincolnshire) [reopened] Reopened original 'box following rebuilding DOW 26m 59ch 19 December 2004 30 December 2015 York Rail Operating Centre (BD)
A Appleby North Original code SAC 277m 34ch 1951    
AN Code believed used from 8 December 2008
AP Appledore   ATH 64m 46ch 27 June 1954 6 November 1995 Ashford IECC (AD)
AX Appleford Downgraded to gate box 17 May 1965: line controlled by Swindon B (SB).  Now demolished.  Signal plan states "Controlled and supervised by dedicated crossing controller's panel at Swindon SCC". DCL 54m 54ch 1952 27 May 2001 Swindon B (SB)
A Code used as gate box
AT Applehurst Junction Code used by 3 May 1970 CJS 163m 26ch 1 July 1877 29 June 1980 East Midlands Control Centre (D)
AJ Code used from 6 September 1970?
AH Arbroath Named Arbroath North to 21 March 1971.  Code used from 2002 ECN3 16m 59ch 26 March 1911    
  Arbroath North See Arbroath
  Arch Junction See Archcliffe Junction
ZE Archcliffe Junction Sometimes also known as Arch Junction (possibly in error) XTD 76m 42ch 3 June 1928 10 April 1998 Folkestone East (YE)
A Ardleigh   LTN1 55m 77ch by 1893 24 April 1983 Colchester [new] (CO)
AE Ardmore East Code used from 1960 NEM7 21m 14ch 24 January 1943 12 December 1976 Craigendoran (CN)
AW Ardmore West   NEM7 21m 69ch 28 February 1943 4 November 1973 Ardmore East (AE)
AS Ardsley Station   DOL1 180m 11ch 1870 15 November 1970 Lofthouse North (LN)
U Up line automatic signals
A1 Ardwick No 1   HAJ 0m 59ch 30 July 1905 28 October 1973 Manchester Piccadilly (MP)
A Arksey Code used probably from 1949.  See also Doncaster ECM1 158m 2ch 2 February 1872
(inspected 24 August 1878)
26 October 1980 Doncaster (D)
A Arlesey   ECM1 35m 51ch 1898 27 June 1976
(delayed from 13 June 1976)
Hitchin (HT)
AY Arley   NWO 4m 60ch   9 August 1969 Saltley (SY)
AE Armitage   LEC2 122m 9ch   12 June 2005? Colwich (CH)
AE Arnside Code used from 2008.
Plans made for Carnforth-Arnside, with all Carnforth boxes and line to Wennington closed, showed AE signals at Silverdale, believed never installed
CBC1 6m 29ch 1897?    
AJ Arpley Junction   WOA1 0m 0ch 1918    
SDJ2 11m 3ch
A Arthington Temporary 'box for tunnel repair work LEH11 8m 48ch 30 June 1980 31 May 1981 Horsforth (H)
AR Repeater signals
AR Arundel Code used from 22 November 1979 TBH1 58m 36ch 27 March 1938    
CBV Code used to 22 November 1979 when new panel installed
AJ Arundel Junction Code carried on one signal only (AJ6), 22 November 1979 to 8 December 1979 TBH1 59m 75ch 28 September 1885 8 December 1979 Arundel (AR)
TBH2 19m 1ch
CA Automatic signals BLI1 19m 1ch
F Ascot Named Ascot 'B' to 19 May 1974 RDG1 29m 13ch 16 October 1938 8 September 1974 Feltham (F)
  Ascot 'B' See Ascot
AW Ascott under Wychwood Code used by 1973 OWW 80m 37ch 1883    
AY Asfordby   GSM4 111m 40ch      
A Code used by 29 January 1995
X Draw ahead signals
MT Asfordby (Rail Innovation & Development Centre control point) ERTMS block markers          
AS Ashburys Named Ashburys East to May 1984.  Code used from renaming HAJ 1m 56ch 1906 18 September 2011 Manchester East Signalling Control Centre (SE?)
AE Code used when named Ashburys East
  Ashburys East See Ashburys
AW Ashburys West Junction   HAJ 1m 27ch 13 July 1905 6 May 1984 Ashburys (AS)
NN Ashby Junction Temporary code from 10 November 1962 until taken over by Nuneaton LEC2 97m 57ch   by 1972 but after 1963 Nuneaton (NN)
FW Ash Crossing   GTW2 49m 15ch 13 February 1966 30 October 1998 Guildford ASC (GD)
WA Automatic signals
RWA Repeater to automatic signals
UE Ashford   XTD 56m 23ch 29 April 1962 10 December 1995 Ashford IECC (AD)
A Automatic signals
D Distant signals
AF Ashford Centre CTRL control centre, located within Ashford IECC XTD 56m 21ch 2003    
D Down line automatic signals and stop/proceed markers
DC Automatic signals and stop/proceed markers on Stratford International-Temple Mills connecting line
DW Automatic signals and stop/proceed markers on Down Waterloo connection TRL3 90.550km
U Up line automatic signals and stop/proceed markers
UW Automatic signals and stop/proceed markers on Up Waterloo connection
H Ashford Depot H is "Hitachi" (depot operators) ACR   2 October 2007 (formal opening date)    
AD Ashford IECC   XTD 56m 21ch 21 February 1993    
A Automatic signals.  Unclear whether code exists
R Banner repeater signals
NK North Kent area (VDU based control and indication system) 2000 (completed 2001)
WBL Ashford [Middx/Surrey]   RDG1 17m 48ch 23 February 1930 8 September 1974 Feltham (F)
A Ashington Junction   BWC 3m 2ch 1896 14 February 2010 Marcheys House (MH)
  Ashington Loop No 1 See Ashington NCB No 1 Loop
A Ashington NCB No 1 Loop Also known as Ashington Loop No1 BWO     5 April 1987
(delayed from 31 March 1987)
Ashington Junction (A)
A Ashley Hill Unclear if code used BSW 2m 61ch 5 July 1925 17 October 1970 Bristol (B)
CBG Ashtead Downgraged to gate box 26 April 1964 BTH3 16m 13ch 28 November 1930 10 December 1978 Leatherhead (CBH)
  Ashton Junction See Guide Bridge
AJ Ashton Junction [Bristol] Code used from 6 December 1971.  Out of use from 1990; destroyed by fire 1994; "officially" closed 1999 POD 121m 19ch 20 May 1906 April 1999 Bristol (B)
AMN Ashton Moss North Junction Demolished by 17 April 2018 MVL1 5m 52ch 1911 14 April 2018 (last train);
29 April 2018 (official)
Manchester Rail Operating Centre (MN)
AM Code not carried AMJ 0m 29ch
AMS Ashton Moss South Junction   DJO2 1m 29ch 1911 22 September 1991 Ashton Moss North Junction (AM)
HW Ash Vale Junction   AAV 40m 48ch 2 June 1879 27 August 2013 Woking ASC (WK)
WA Automatic signals
  Ashwell   GSM2 96m 66ch 30 June 1912    
AM Askam   CBC1 35m 3ch 1890    
  Askern Colliery (had draw-ahead signals in colliery sidings lettered A to F, with no number) KWS?       Colliery closed
A Aslockton   NOG1 117m 29ch 21 December 1875 13 March 1977 Aslockton [gate box] (A)
A Aslockton [gate box] Gate box: line controlled by Bottesford West Junction (BW) NOG1 c117m 20ch 13 March 1977 29 November 1986 Bottesford West Junction (BW)
  Aspatria   CBC2 7m 74ch 1891 18 January 1998 Maryport Station (MS)
  Aspley Guise   BBM 5m 4ch   6 September 2004 Marston Vale (MV)
AY Astley   DSE 22m 55ch? 1872 1972 Astley [new] (AY)
AY Astley [new]   DSE 22m 55ch 17 September 1972    
  Astley Bridge Temporary block post BBB 11m 74ch 1 December 1985 7 December 1985 Bolton (BN)
AN Aston   PBJ 0m 37ch 12 October 1992 (in 1957 building)    
AN Aston No 1   PBJ c1m 55ch   2 July 1966 Birmingham New Street (NS)
AY Athelney Formerly named Athelney West CCL 134m 77ch July 1906 5 April 1986 Exeter (E)
  Athelney West See Athelney
AE Atherstone   LEC2 102m 23ch 10 November 1962 22 July 1990 Nuneaton (NN)
AG Atherton Goods Yard   WBS1 11m 18ch 1956 29 July 2013
(delayed from 25 March 2013)
Manchester Piccadilly (MP)
AH Attenborough Station   TSN1 c121m 69ch   19 December 1969 Trent (TT)
A Attercliffe Road Station   TJC1 159m 23ch   25 April 1965 Brightside (B)
A Attleborough   ETN 108m 20ch 1883 2 December 2012 Cambridge (EN)
AR Auchterarder Code used from 2002 SCM4 137m 41ch 11 October 1895    
AU Code reported but probably not used
  Aughton Road   HXS3 17m 49ch 1928 11 March 1994 Merseyrail (ML)
AS Avenue Sidings   SPC9 c143m 30ch   c1971 Trent (TT)
A Aviemore Code used to 2002 HGL2 83m 51ch 16 June 1898 26 March 2019 (official) Inverness (HA/HC/HK/HM/HS/HT)
AV Aviemore area.  Code used from 2002 replacing A
AC Carrbridge interlocking.  Code used from 1979
AK Kincraig interlocking.  Code used from 1979
AM Moy interlocking.  Code used from 1979
AS Slochd interlocking.  Code used from 1979
AT Tomatin interlocking.  Code used from 1980
AD Avonmouth Dock Junction   CNX 8m 28ch 24 July 1906 22 January 1988 St Andrews Junction [Bristol] (SA)
AJ Awre (Junction) Downgraded to gate box 2 June 1969.  Apparently still extant and able to be used in emergencies SWM2 128m 22ch March 1909 30 December 1973 Gloucester (G)
WDG Axe Gates Downgraded to gate box 10 June 1967 BAE2 141m 56ch August 1949 6 August 1967 Chard Junction (C)
A Axminster Crossing Gate box in station building: line controlled by Chard Junction (C).  Preceding gate box now preserved at private site BAE2 144m 41ch 16 December 1973    
  Aylesbury South   MCJ2 38m 2ch June 1908 24 November 1990 Marylebone [new] (ME)
AF Aylesford   PWS2 38m 75ch 14 August 1921    
  Ayleston Hill See Hereford
AJ Aynho Junction   DCL 81m 3ch 4 April 1910 5 March 1992 Banbury South (BS)
GF Ayr Harbour ground frame   AYH1 0m 21ch 22 January 1984    
PA Ayr Local Signalling Panel See Paisley Ayr interlocking AYR6 39m 73ch 7 April 1985 1 June 1986 Paisley [new] (PA) (local control still possible)
A Code used to closure
A Ayton   ECM8 50m 20ch 25 April 1943 25 February 1978 Edinburgh (EG)
D Down line automatic signals
RD Distant to down line automatic signals


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