As the advent of the digital railway gathers pace, so the procurement of systems associated with it will need to adapt. It might prove difficult for both customers and suppliers to understand the full impact - as someone once...
Following the announcement in May by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and the chief executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne, that all new trains and signalling will be digital or digital ready from 2019, the Railway Industry...
Prompted by the major timetable change on Southern Railway in May 2018 and the first stage of an enhanced Thameslink train service across London, Govia Thameslink Railway recently organised an event to explain the purpose and implications of implementing...

What is Digital Ready?

On 10 May 2018, the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, and Mark Carne, chief executive Network Rail, supported by David Waboso, managing director of Group Digital Railway, launched the Digital Railway Strategy. With digital train control already a...
It’s easy to be cynical about the Digital Railway. For a start, the technology and the terminology are difficult for the uninitiated to understand. As an example, one core technology of the Digital Railway is ERTMS, with its component parts...
The recent White Paper “Making a Success of the Digital Railway”, published by the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) and the subject of an article by Steve Denniss elsewhere in this issue, was also the subject of a...
The application of digital technology onto the UK’s crowded rail network seems to be the logical answer to the pressing concerns of capacity, reliability and connectivity. More than this, it seems to be the only answer for an industry...
Getting the right title for an article can be difficult. The one above was used for Rail Engineer’s report on the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) annual technology and innovation conference in 2014, attended by more than 200 delegates. With...

UK digital strategy

Regular readers of Rail Engineer will now be familiar with the digital rail strategy, but how does this fit with the wider digital strategy for the UK? The recent publication of the government’s Digital Strategy paper provided an opportunity...
The global debate on the merits and problems associated with ERTMS continues unabated. Good progress has been made in recent times with the signing in Autumn 2016 of the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the co-operation for the deployment of...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...