UK announces new funding to speed up digital rail signage work

The UK government has announced new funding of £ 1.2million to speed up digital rail signage work on three key routes.

The funding will accelerate feasibility work for digital signage on sections of the West Coast Mainline, Midland Mainline and East Anglia Highway.

The work will help identify the most efficient process for implementing the new technology.

UK Minister for Railways Chris Heaton-Harris said: “Today’s investment advances early investigative work with Network Rail engineers and suppliers on how best to deploy signaling on the rail network, reduce delays and improve long-term safety.

“Our ambitious program to modernize the UK rail network will support the supply chain by creating highly skilled jobs and boosting the economy, as we level the country and build back better after Covid-19. “

The introduction of digital signage is expected to reduce the impact of disruption by providing signalers with real-time information on train movements.

The new technology will also allow direct communication between flaggers and train drivers and help reduce service delays.

Andy Jones, Director of Operational Program Delivery for Network Rail, said: “We are delighted with this development funding, which reaffirms DfT’s commitment to continue the long-term digital signage deployment plan on the way. British iron.

“The first three projects – on the East Anglia route, the West Coast Main Line and the Midland Main Line – will help advance the modern railroad we all need. “

In June, the UK DfT announced a Investment of £ 350 million to support the introduction of digital signage on the east coast mainline.

The rail line is set to become the country’s first digital main rail link.

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