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Author Topic: Parlimentary Transport Committee Meeting 26/02/2018 - Infrastructure Investment  (Read 4405 times)
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« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2022, 12:31:06 am »

And, after another two years of the onward march of ... Grant Shapps?  We get this, from DfT» (Department for Transport - about):
£1 billion technology investment to bring railway into 21st century

New funding for a more reliable and sustainable rail network.
  • government makes £1 billion digital signalling investment on one of UK (United Kingdom)’s busiest rail routes
  • will deliver safer, more reliable and more resilient services on East Coast Main Line
  • new technology will mean fewer delays while creating around 5,000 jobs
More than £1 billion of government funding will be used to replace outdated Victorian infrastructure with cutting edge digital signalling technology.

One-third of the nation’s population live within 20 minutes of a station on the East Coast Main Line and, together, produce more than 40% of the UK’s GDP, making it one of the UK’s busiest rail routes while also playing a vital role in the prosperity of the nation’s economy.

The technology, which will be rolled out across the entire southern section of the line – from London’s King’s Cross to Stoke Tunnels, just south of Grantham – will mean faster, safer and more regular trains for millions of people.
The funding will remove outdated lineside signalling and replace it with the European train control system (ETCS (European Train Control System)), which brings signalling into train drivers’ cabs and provides them with real-time, continuous information throughout their journey.

The new in-cab technology will create a more responsive, more resilient railway and, crucially for passengers, one that can recover quicker when journeys don’t go to plan. Most importantly, as the system will constantly monitor the train’s speed, it will also create a safer railway.
The ECDP follows more than £350 million of prior investment to fit other services on the route with the new technology, with over 80% of passenger rolling stock on the East Coast Mainline South already using the ETCS.

Network Rail will prioritise the request for a further investment of £427 million as part of the next control period settlement, bringing the overall investment to just under £2 billion.

Like most "new" money, it's already been announced at least once. But this does confirm the plan is for Level 3 ETCS. One can only hope that the figure of 80% of passenger stock able to run without signals is going to go up in time, together with whatever the figure for other stuff is.
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« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2022, 08:19:58 am »

This was the press release and video of Grant Shapps yesterday.

Apparently the Victorians had 4aspect colour light signalling!

The similarity between the two feeds suggests the text originated in the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) and the SoS and Morton assumed its veracity!
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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2022, 08:35:16 am »

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« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2022, 10:31:26 am »

From RailTech:
ETCS (European Train Control System) testing for UK (United Kingdom) Network Rail New Measurement Train

Network Rail has successfully completed European Train Control System testing on the power cars of its New Measurement Train. The yellow-liveried engineering inspection train, adapted from a redundant formation of the diesel-powered ‘High Speed Train’, is hauled by a pair of power cars, designated class 43. In its original formation, the HST (High Speed Train) design holds the record for the fastest diesel-powered train produced.

The digital upgrade to the East Coast Main Line has taken a significant step forward. A milestone has been achieved with the successful completion of testing with digital signalling for Class 43 power cars. European Train Control System (ETCS) in cab signalling technology enables a more reliable service with reduced delays, improved safety and reduced costs and emissions through the removal of lineside infrastructure. The installation and testing forms part of the Government funded East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP).

First in Class design

The successful testing programme at Network Rail’s recently upgraded Rail Innovation and Development Centre (RIDC) now enables commissioning of the relevant Class 43 power cars into ETCS Level-NTC (New Track Construction) (National Train Control) level.  Using the RIDC facilities, recently upgraded for ETCS testing, enables progression to Level-NTC without the need for any passenger disruption through track possessions.

Porterbrook, the lead Rolling Stock leasing company (ROSCO» (Rolling Stock Owning Company - about)) for the Class 43 power cars, managed the project on behalf of the rail industry under instruction from Network Rail. Engineering specialists Thales was awarded the contract to carry out the ‘First in Class’ design and fitment project, and the completion of testing at RIDC marks the first time that the Thales On-Board System has been successfully fitted in the UK.

Apparently this tests not just the trains that can test new infrastructure but the testing sites for on-train installations (RIDC) run by NR» (Network Rail - home page).

You may remember that Thales' Ground Transportation Systems business (including signalling) was sold to Hitachi last year, and nothing seems to have been heard about that since. Well, the sale was agreed a year ago, but the completion date was set then as "late FY2022". Now, that usually means a US FY and FY2022 ends on Friday. But Hitachi also said it would take 18 months ...
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