⚠️ Electrification of Overhead Lines

As part of our ongoing programme to upgrade the Transpennine main line between York, Leeds and Manchester, the railway between Colton Junction and Church Fenton North, including Ulleskelf Station, is being electrified.


From 00:01 on Sunday 7 July 2024, the Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) above the tracks between these points will be live and energised.

Did you know…

The overhead electric wires and the supporting equipment that sits above the railway line will carry electricity at 25,000 volts.

What does the energisation mean for me?

It’s extremely dangerous for any person to be in close proximity (9ft) of the equipment, including supporting masts, switch feeds and cables.

There is of course no danger to any persons, provided they do not enter onto railway land and are always more than nine feet from the overhead lines if their property is adjacent to the railway. This includes the use of any tools, plant or materials that may encroach onto Network Rail land or air space, which could place them in serious danger.

We would also like to advise of the risks that could arise from the use of ladders, scaffolding, cranes, hosepipes, kites, fishing rods, and the emission into the atmosphere of flammable gases and vapours on or adjacent to the Network Rail boundary.

Schools safety engagement

We are visiting primary schools in the local area during June to talk to children about staying safe near the electrified railway.

Cleaner, greener trains

Electric trains are better for the environment than diesel trains, and they’re quieter for both those on board the train and those living close to the railway.

Thank you

We’ve been completing work in this area for a while now. We would like to thank the community for their patience and support while work has been taking place.

Looking for more details about electrical overhead lines?

We understand some residents will have questions about the equipment that has been installed near their property. To find out more, scan the QR code here, get in touch with us at www.networkrail.co.uk/contact or call our 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41