This paper discusses how Railtrack, as the organisation responsible for railway track and other rail infrastructure in the UK, is prioritising and planning its long-term investment to deliver the vision to which it is committed. It focuses on investment in signalling. Railtracks prioritisation considers which projects have the best rate of return, are committed to customers and other stakeholders, and have the best strategic fit. For signalling, the factors relevant to a business case include: staff savings, extra income, changes in maintenance costs, drivers of renewal and renewal costs, and performance improvement by condition assessment and other methods. Railtrack faces the following business drivers: (1) customers; requirements for increased capacity in critical sections of the rail network, higher speeds on main lines, greater reliability, and ability to respond to changes quickly; (2) costs of installing new infrastructure, and whole life costs coming from its maintenance and performance; and (3) the need to sustain and renew the UK rail network, according to Railtrack's licensing conditions, while making it the world's best railway. Railtrack strategy for future signalling systems covers new management centres, transmission-based signalling, main lines and suburban and secondary routes, and suppliers. For the covering abstract see IRRD E104564.


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  • Accession Number: 00790390
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7008-0659-8
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM