With the well documented strains on the UK's current rail infrastructure. The need for taking advantage of new technology is now more important than ever.
Obviously there is a physical limit to how many services both passenger and freight can run on our current network. However, the use of new technology can at least maximise this capacity at peek times without any impact to safety standards.
the introduction of the planned digital network can enable capacity increases up to 40%. which will be welcomed from passenger services at peak times as well as the ever increasing need from Fright service providers.
Our railways are an important economic asset which need to be well maintained if they are to operate effectively and efficiently, and upgraded if they are to be fit for the future. The Victorians left us with an enviable legacy. Our railway is the safest in Europe and passenger journeys are growing every year at an incredible rate – over the last two decades they have more than doubled. However, that legacy is ageing and starting to slow the expansion necessary to meet this increasing demand. We now face the challenge of the railways success. Meeting this demand for capacity is one of the biggest challenges the industry faces and my team constantly call on the industry to find new ways to deliver more trains, more seats, and services.