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Better connections

To continue to grow in the years ahead, our economy needs new transport connections that connect skills to jobs, and goods to market

As modern cities thrive they create far more complex travel demand than can be met by a network designed in the Victorian era. Better connectivity will link more people with more jobs, goods and services.

  • Better connections between our cities and suburbs are critical to a successful, high-wage economy. To achieve their potential to be engines of national growth, our cities need more choice and flexibility about train services so that they can connect more people to more places, more directly, than ever before.

  • Better connections between our cities and suburbs are critical to a successful, high-wage economy. To achieve their potential to be engines of national growth, our cities need more choice and flexibility about train services so that they can connect more people to more places, more directly, than ever before.

The power of digital

Digital signalling unlocks the space needed to enable greater flexibility about where, when and how fast trains run.

Currently, timetables are planned, mostly manually, between two and four years in advance and are then largely fixed. Digital Traffic Management transforms this, harnessing modern analytics to create more effective ‘conflict–free’ timetables and options for new train paths that can be adjusted as demand changes from day to day, week to week and season to season.

The result is a railway that meets the demand for faster journeys, connects the economies of our core cities and increases the economic benefit of major enhancements now underway, such as HS2 and Crossrail.

A cross-industry programme

For wider picture on Digital Railway and to follow what we, and our industry partners are delivering, please visit the Digital Railway website.