Improvements in Rail Systems
With the oldest rail system in the world, the UK has started a major upgrade of the network to move from the traditional infrastructure model to a railway system that can cope with increasing numbers of passengers. Since the mid-1990’s the passenger numbers have doubled.
New capacity is needed to be found within the existing infrastructure. This is where network rail has looked to new technology to support the expansion of the railways, by improvements to the signalling and train controls to add extra capacity to the existing network.
Improvements in Safety
Automated Train Operations
New train engines will have automated train operations installed, creating an autopilot function for the train driver. The driver will be able to focus more on the safety and passenger experience. This is creating a path for the potential of driverless trains in the future, with automatic safety systems in place due to new wireless technology that communicates between the train and track. Smaller scale driverless rail systems have been successfully employed at airports for terminal transfers.