Since the major railway accident at Ladbroke Grove, London in October 1999, Railtrack has been focusing fully on delivering safety improvements that will restore public confidence in the safety of the British rail network. The Government recently agreed that the new train protection warning system (TPWS) would be installed on the network to provide greater protection at key junctions before 2003. Railtrack is already considering the feasibility of introducing TPWS one year early. TPWS will be a great improvement on the present Automatic Warning System (AWS), and can be implemented much more quickly and robustly than any alternative form of automatic train protection; it is easy to design and install. At the same time, Railtrack is developing leading technology for a modern signalling and control system for the West Coast Main Line (WCML), Phase 1 of whose modernisation is making good progress. It now expects to favour the use of ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) Level 2, which meets European standards, and provides automatic train protection and improved capacity and line speed. Railtrack is increasing its investment in rail, including improved safety; it has a treet27,000M spending programme for the next decade. Safety plays a key part in its new projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL).

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    LONDON,   United Kingdom  W1P 7PJ
  • Authors:
    • Murray, S
  • Publication Date: 1999


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 37-40
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  • Accession Number: 00788411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2000 12:00AM