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2016 15 Jul

Rail Minister Backs Digital Railway Solution

Posted in Government

Claire Perry told MPs this week that the Digital Railway would help tackle the two biggest challenges Britain’s rail network – a shortage of capacity and the need to improve performance.


Appearing before the Transport Select Committee to answer questions as part of its inquiry into rail technology, the rail minister said modernisation had to happen faster than the current timetable and that a proposal for how this could be done would be published soon.


Appearing alongside the Minister was David Waboso, the new Managing Director of the Digital Railway Programme, who joined  Network Rail from Transport for London recently.


Describing his experience of delivering digital modernisation on the London Underground – first on the Northern Line, then the Jubilee Line – he stressed the need to build collaborative partnerships with suppliers. David explained that the first project provided learning and experience to be able to reduce the cost and delivery time of subsequent projects –  “Once you’ve done it once, you can do it again quicker and cheaper”.


Full details of the Transport Select Committee inquiry can be found here.