The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has published an open letter which fully supports Network Rail’s Long Term Deployment Plan (LTDP) for digital railway.
Network Rail published its plans towards the end of June which sets out the long-term delivery of digital signalling, taking into account the scale and complexity of fitting in excess of 4,000 trains and upgrading 19,000 miles of network.
The plans have been fully supported from the outset by the RIA, who represent more than 280 companies in the rail supply chain.
This plan for digital railway has been warmly welcomed by the Association, who published an open letter to the Department for Transport (DfT) outlining the support.
In particular, the RIA has been impressed with the collaborative nature of the development of the plan for digital railway.
That being said, David Clarke, Technical Director at the RIA, wants this to be the beginning of fruitful collaboration.
In the letter, he said: “We would emphasise that we see this as the start of a process with the industry continuing to work together to further develop the plans and activity which will be necessary to get the whole industry ready to deliver.
“This may mean, for example, development work and accelerated projects to develop the skills and resources necessary to de-risk programme delivery.”
In the statement following the publication of the LTDP, David Clarke explained what the process of collaboration will ultimately achieve.
He said: “This is the start of a process to transform our rail network through digitalisation, which will help create a more reliable and effective rail system as well as unlocking capacity on certain lines.
“Moving forward, the rail industry will seek to work closely with Network Rail and other partners to ensure we are ready to deliver, ensuring the skills and resources are available to hit the ground running so we can deliver this programme efficiently, to time and to budget.”