We have come a long way since the era of Victorian signallers pulling heavy metal levers to provide safe passage for trains rolling into and out of stations.
Advances in technology mean we no longer have to arduously log each train movement by hand – or use hand-held signal lamps to usher trains past in the dead of night, through tunnels or falling snow.
Now it’s our turn to be transport pioneers, building on our great traditions to deliver a railway that is fit for the future.
I am proud as Rail Minister to be working on an ambitious programme to modernise the railways, which includes introducing digital signalling across the rail network in Great Britain, a cutting-edge technology for the oldest passenger rail network in the world.
Just last month we announced £1.2 million of new funding to accelerate development work for digital signalling on vital sections of the West Coast Main Line, Midland Main Line and East Anglia route.
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