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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.
  • Timeline

    RCS timeline
    1. Summer 2009: West Coast Main Line (WCML) – first use of RCS outside Strathclyde test area, between London Euston and Rugby.
      WCML – use of RCS extended between London Euston and Stoke.
    2. Summer 2012: Analogue radio systems are switched off for the southern half of the country – RCS goes live.
    3. Summer 2014: RCS functional across the whole of Britain.


  • 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