Britain relies on its railway to connect skills to jobs, and goods to markets at home and abroad. But as the pace of change in our economy increases, there has never been a greater need for our railway to deliver more trains, better connections, and an improved experience for passenger and freight customers. Digital Railway is a cross-industry programme to deliver a powerful vision that meets this challenge: to support sustainable growth by accelerating the digital modernisation of our railway.
As we bring this vision about over the next 15 years we will bring forward critical benefits that span capacity, cost, carbon, performance and safety. We’re delighted to be working closely with our partners and customers across industry and in government to seize this historic opportunity.
The Digital Railway will create a network that will meet the need of future generations and is also fully integrated into the wider transport network. It will provide a better service and will help maximise capacity through an integrated information and ticketing system which will offer transparent and flexible pricing. As well as interacting with passengers and freight customers, it’s also about how the network is operated and maintained efficiently and cost effectively. It will enable a rail service that is flexible and matches supply with future demand. Intelligent digital infrastructure technology will automatically highlight when something is wearing out or may go wrong. This will mean fewer inspections and less disruption. Reliability will also improve because equipment will be fixed before it fails. For more information please visit the Digital Railway website http://www.networkrail.co.uk/digitalrailway/
Transport Systems Catapult
The workshops will be facilitated by Transport Systems Catapult (TSC). The Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world. TSC are helping UK businesses create products and services that meet the needs of the world’s transport systems as they respond to ever-stretching demands. They help sell UK capability on the global stage, while also promoting the UK as a superb test bed for the transportation industry.
With a clear emphasis on collaboration, TSC are bringing together diverse organisations across different modes of transport, breaking down barriers and providing a unique platform for meeting the world’s most pressing transport challenges.