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  • Railway Communications System (RCS)

  • Passenger train crossing over tracks

    On Schedule

    RCS will provide secure communication between drivers and signallers across Britain’s entire passenger rail network – even in cuttings and tunnels. Trusted GSM mobile technology formatted especially for rail use will help improve safety and provide better information for passengers. GSM-R technology has been adopted as the de-facto global standard and is already being used or introduced in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

     
  • Safety through communication

    Increased safety for passengers through direct digital communication across the whole rail network with a host of additional safety features.

    Better punctuality

    Improved punctuality for passengers through better, quicker communication between driver and signaller means faster resolution of potential issues.
     

    Better informed passengers

    Better passenger information as RCS tracks the position and status of trains which means that unexplained delays become a thing of the past.

    Project timeline

     We’re working to complete these imporovements on schedule. View our project timeline
     
     
  • Image gallery

    Laying fibre optic and copper cables

    Equipment cabins house the technology

    A lattice mast provides direct, continuous and secure communication

    A monopole mast. RCS creates a safer railway