Research and analysis

Digital railways programme: recommendations to support development and deployment

Programme recommendations to support the introduction of digital signalling technology within the UK railways.


Recommendations on government policy for a digital railway programme and accelerated deployment of digital signalling technology

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Recommendations, made to government and Network Rail, include that:

  • government should publish a clear statement of policy for the delivery of digital signalling
  • government and industry partners should work together to stimulate the development of knowledge, skills and capability within the wider UK rail industry
  • Network Rail should find ways to open up its supplier base to a wider range of organisations

plus several other proposals.

These recommendations were created by a ministerial group formed, in autumn 2016, specifically to advise on this area.

Published 18 December 2017