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2016 27 Oct

MPs signal support for the Digital Railway programme

Posted in Government

An influential group of MPs has today given its backing to the introduction of the digital railway.

The Transport Select Committee’s report on Rail technology: signalling and traffic management, states that “Substantial benefits can be realised by the intelligent deployment of signalling and traffic management technology on the rail network through the Digital Railway programme”.

On the publication of the report, the Chair of the Committee, Louise Ellman MP, commented: “There is an urgent need to increase capacity and the Digital Railway is an exciting programme which could have real impact”.

David Waboso, Managing Director, Group Digital Railway, at Network Rail, welcomed the report, saying “This is a positive endorsement of the potential for digital train control to deliver significant benefits for passengers and freight. We have identified routes where we are now taking forward early development and proofs of concept, to solve real challenges that exist on the railway today. We are working with government and all parts of the industry in doing this and have also engaged with the supply chain through early contractor involvement.”

The full report can be read here (parliament.uk)