Digital transformation sees progress in New Year

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The start of the New Year has seen more progress with the transformational East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP).

Engineering work at the weekend and over the Christmas period saw further steps taken towards the introduction of state-of-the-art digital signalling – providing continuous, real-time information to the driver’s cab. The technology will mean more reliable and greener services for passengers and freight, creating the next generation railway.

Successful testing of a new signalling system was carried out in the Wood Green-New Barnet area of North London. This will improve reliability whilst also preparing the area for the future introduction of digital signalling.

New lineside equipment and technology was also installed between Welwyn Garden City and Hitchin. This section of route is being prepared to become the first part of the East Coast Main Line to operate with digital signalling.

The recent work has included the installation of around 120 axle counters and 40 balises (electronic devices placed between the rails to transmit information to and from the train), along with supporting infrastructure required.

Further work will take place at both locations over the weekend of February 18 and 19, which will mean no train services in or out of London King’s Cross, St Pancras via Finsbury Park, or Moorgate on those dates.

Ed Akers, principal programme sponsor for ECDP, Network Rail said: “As we begin a New Year we’re continuing the work with all our industry partners towards the prize of a modernised, more reliable, and greener railway.

“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while this vital work was carried out, which is enabling further progress on the journey to a digitally signalled East Coast Main Line. I also advise passengers intending to travel over the weekend of 18/19 February to plan ahead and check before you travel, while we continue to work on digital upgrades.”

Image credit: Network Rail

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