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Aesthetically challenged electrification

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In 1981, the Department of Transport and British Railways Board stated that there had been ‘substantial progress’ in the design of overhead line equipment for railway electrification. Wire headspans and shorter masts were reducing the visual intrusion caused by electrification works.

Department of Transport and British Railways Board, discussion of visual intrusion from railway electrification, 1981

Network Rail’s aesthetically challenged electrification of the Great Western main line is a good example of the need for a re-think of design across the railway. There is no reason why ‘reliable infrastructure’ should mean ugly infrastructure.

GWML electrification gantries near Lower Basildon, West Berkshire, © Copyright Andrew Bodman, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons, CC-BY-SA 2.0


Written by beleben

April 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

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  1. Absolutely hideous! What on earth HS2 will look like I dread to think!


    April 29, 2016 at 12:10 am

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