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Network Rail’s operating strategy

1 August 2013  •  Author(s): Ian Chapman, Programme Manager (Change), Network Rail

Network Rail is embarking on a process that will revolutionise signalling in Britain and allow it to run more trains, more punctually and more efficiently than ever before. The company has mapped out where and how it will run the network of the future, and this has been driven by the fact that our railway is more popular than it has ever been on a network that is half the size it was in the 1960s. Projections show that this growth will continue, with demand for passenger and rail freight services expected to double over the next 30 years.

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We currently have over 800 signalling locations – including around 500 Victorian signal boxes – many with legacy equipment which is becoming difficult and expensive to operate and maintain. This equipment cannot keep up with today’s fast paced network and is limiting the potential of Britain’s railway.

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