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Signalling and Telecoms

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Age is no barrier: Meet the oldest person still on Network Rail’s payroll…

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The widespread introduction and availability of modern internet protocol (IP) fixed and radio-based telecoms networks provide many benefits for a modern railway. These include for both train control, maintenance, operation, asset management and passenger use - ticketing,...

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KeTech – Connected Driver Advisory System

The November issue of Rail Engineer (issue 179) covered the Network Rail long-term deployment plan for ETCS (European Train Control System). ETCS, however, is only part of the overall digital railway programme, with the other parts including: traffic management (TM)...

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