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Our Railway's Future
Railway upgrade projects
Railway Communications System
Access for All
Reducing track noise
Stations improvement programme
York operating centre
High speed rail
After two years of extensive testing on Scotland’s North Clyde line, Network Rail has installed a digital railway communications system (RCS) across the whole of Britain’s network. We completed this project in 2014.
RCS uses GSM-R technology, which is GSM mobile technology specially adapted for railway use. It allows the driver to contact a signaller within seconds, even in cuttings and tunnels. This secure, speedy communication improves safety and reliability, and enables the train operating companies to recover more quickly from incidents on the network. It also means they can keep passengers better informed when delays occur, improving people’s experience of rail travel.
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