Network Rail Commissions New Signalling for the East Coast Digital Programme

Network Rail has announced that the billion-pound East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP) has further progressed, with the commissioning of new signalling in the Wood Green – New Barnet area of north London.

This upgrade will boost reliability and prepare the area for operating as a digital railway, with passenger trains due to use digital signalling on the nearby Finsbury Park to Moorgate route (Northern City Line) from later this year.

East Coast Digital Signalling
Engineers fitting new cables as part of the East Coast Digital Programme

New lineside equipment and technology has also been installed between Welwyn Garden City and Hitchin in Hertfordshire to advance the area’s progress in becoming the first part of the East Coast Main Line to operate with digital signalling.

Ed Akers, Network Rail’s Principal Programme Sponsor, ECDP, said:

“The work carried out this weekend in London and Hertfordshire provides a big step forward towards a next generation railway that is fit for the future. Digital signalling will enable more reliable passenger services and more freight to be carried while reducing carbon emissions, creating a more sustainable railway.”

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