Improved performance

Leading railways are harnessing digital technology to build timetables and control the network in ways that boost reliability – even as train frequency increases

To meet the growing demands on the network, Britain needs a railway that continues to improve reliability whilst running more trains, that are running more quickly.

A key way of doing this is using digital technology to address the causes of poor performance, especially signalling and train control.

A cross-industry programme

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Conventional signalling and train control systems reduce the potential capacity and flexibility of the network, which struggles to recover quickly when things go wrong.

As this diagram shows, after an early-morning incident near Cheltenham closes the line, the effects are being felt on many routes late at night.

Despite their high construction and maintenance costs, signalling asset failures are a major cause of delays. In 2014-15, there were 16,228 signalling failures which were severe enough to affect a service.

Digital Traffic Management is more responsive and reactive, allowing lines to mitigate the knock on effects of disruption.

Despite their high construction and maintenance costs, signalling asset failures are a major cause of delays. In 2014-15, there were 16,228 signalling failures which were severe enough to affect a service.

Digital Traffic Management is more responsive and reactive, allowing lines to mitigate the knock on effects of disruption.