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The digitising of the UK’s railway network will deliver more reliable and frequent trains, according to Network Rail. Although the country boasts the best safety record in Europe, signal failures are affecting the network and its development. 

The end is nigh for much of the Victorian technology currently in place, which is prone to breakdown. The all-new ‘moving block’ signalling system is capable of increasing the number of trains which can occupy a stretch of rail.

It reduces the headway and maintains safety of trains opening one behind the other. 

Mark Carne, the chief executive of Network Rail said: “Not since the railway transformed from steam to diesel in the 1960s has a technological breakthrough held such promise to vastly improve our railway for the benefit of the millions of people and businesses who rely on it every day,” Carne told The Independent.

The Thameslink service operating through central London runs atomically and has been described as a “world first” by Carne.

As a result of the new technology, which is likely to be eventually installed across the country, the service has the potential for a departure every two to three minutes on the line between St Pancras and London Bridge. 

Carne added: “We now have a plan, impetus and the funding to introduce these systems across large swathes of our railway network over the coming years.”

The future certainly looks bright for the Rail industry in the UK, with extensive modernisation changing the landscape of the Rail network drastically.

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