Benefits for Britain

Targeting digital systems to improve capacity and performance on the railway

A digital railway benefits passengers, freight and the national economy.

Our railway is full in many places.

With the fastest growing network in Europe, Britain’s railway carries twice as many passengers as it did just two decades ago.

Increasing demand will mean there will be a billion extra journeys by the 2030s. The network also needs more space for freight trains, which transport £30bn of goods annually and are much more environmentally friendly than road travel.

Capacity challenges are most acute in many of our major cities, not just London.

Traditional options like building new tracks or extending trains and platforms will not on their own deliver the space for extra trains we need.

The only way to meet demand is to deploy digital signalling and train control in combination with traditional upgrades. This will release capacity from the infrastructure by making it work smarter and more efficiently.

Our railway is full in many places.

With the fastest growing network in Europe, Britain’s railway carries twice as many passengers as it did just two decades ago.

Increasing demand will mean there will be a billion extra journeys by the 2030s. The network also needs more space for freight trains, which transport £30bn of goods annually and are much more environmentally friendly than road travel.

Capacity challenges are most acute in many of our major cities, not just London.

Traditional options like building new tracks or extending trains and platforms will not on their own deliver the space for extra trains we need.

The only way to meet demand is to deploy digital signalling and train control in combination with traditional upgrades. This will release capacity from the infrastructure by making it work smarter and more efficiently.

To find out more about the Digital Railway, please visit the Digital Railway website.