The trains that obey these signals do not stop at Greenford Station. They operate on a line that runs just to the north (parallel to the Central Line seen in the foreground), often referred to as the Chiltern Line. These old fashioned semaphore signals will not survive if the proposed High Speed rail link to Birmingham goes ahead as it will take the place of the Chiltern Line. Longer, straighter tracks are required for it, as well as “retaining structures” to carry the line where it would otherwise hit a curve. The proposal suggests that trains running at speeds of up to 250mph will pass through every few minutes, altering forever the quiet suburban landscape.
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