Network Rail’s drive to digitise Britain’s railways is well under way. What does it entail and what impact will it have?

Judging by public sentiment, there can be little doubt that efficiency and the current rail system in the UK are often considered to be disparate concepts.

It is widely known that the rail network is not running at full capacity in many areas, and furthermore that maintenance and updates to its infrastructure routinely bring about inevitable delays and dissatisfaction.
Yet updates are required, and one of the key areas for improvement is through enhancement to the existing signalling system.

The UK’s rail network has a variety of signalling technologies operating within it, many of which are approaching the end of their shelf-life.