South Wales re-signalling

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I'm new to this forum so hello everyone. I have recently retired from Network Rail after 43 years service on the S & T Dept. at Gloucester, having worked under British Railways, British Rail, British Rail Infrastructure Services, GTRM, Carillion and Network Rail during that period - full circle and costing millions!

Does anyone know the current state of the re-signalling on the Severn Tunnel Jcn - Gloucester line? I'm just wondering if the current boundary with Gloucester Panel will still apply - Gatcombe on the Up and Awre Crossing on the Down. I had heard rumours that perhaps Cardiff would control up to the Grange Court area but this has not been seen in print as a definite.

With Saltley SC eventually taking down as far as Eckington, Gloucester Panel area will be shrinking, ahead of it's closure rumoured to be circa 2017.

Any information will be appreciated. In return, if I can answer any questions regarding the workings of Gloucester Panel, I will be pleased to do so.
 
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I'm just wondering if the current boundary with Gloucester Panel will still apply - Gatcombe on the Up and Awre Crossing on the Down [.....]
Interesting those boundaries. Where on the Lydney - Gloucester line is Gatcombe? On a signalling simulator I play on it is possible to download a playable version of Gloucester panel. The extent of control towards Lydney seems to go not much further than Awre LC as shown in this screenshot:



The signals that are completely grey are out of the control of the Gloucester area layout on the sim.


With Saltley SC eventually taking down as far as Eckington, Gloucester Panel area will be shrinking, ahead of it's closure rumoured to be circa 2017.
Interesting. An Excel spreadsheet that was made available for download on either this forum or another one - not sure which - suggests Gloucester as going no earlier than 2019.

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At present Gloucester Panel responsibility ends with the overlap TC of Signal GL100 on the Down (just Lydney side of Awre Crossing). On the Up Gloucester is responsible for the TC in rear of Signal GL101 (starts at the overlap of Newport controlled Signal UM129 near Gatcombe) obviously for the approach to Awre Crossing.
 
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