Network Rail launches traffic management system pilot

Network Rail has launched a new pilot project to combine its traffic management system with Great Western Railway’s stock and crew resource management system.

The $5.33m (£4m) pilot project, believed to be the first such project in the UK rail industry, has been financially supported by Network Rail and the National Productivity Investment Fund of the Department of Transport (DfT).

As part of this project, Worldline’s Integrale crew and inventory software will be integrated with the Luminate rail traffic management system, developed by Resonate.

The trial will take place on Network Rail’s Western line, which links Paddington with Bristol, Reading and Oxford.

GWR’s rail services, operating on the west route from Paddington to Penzance, stand to benefit from this scheme.

In 2018, the Luminate traffic management system was initially installed on Network Rail’s west route.

By combining Integrale’s team and stock software with Luminate, real-time information will be placed in a single system.

This will allow colleagues from Network Rail and GWR to access the same train plan, as well as the allocation of rolling stock and crew in one place.

This project should streamline the identification of resource conflicts and service gaps.

Network Rail said in a statement: “Through visual guidance and data sharing, this project will enable colleagues across Network Rail and GWR to manage and deliver train stock and services on the Western Route of more collaborative way than before.”

The results of the project will be evaluated and shared with the railway industry after the project is completed in February next year.

In April 2022, the second phase of the project will be launched.

During this stage, a Connected Driver Advisory System (CDAS) will be introduced to offer live information to drivers in the cabins of Class 387 and 802 GWR trains.

The technology will allow them to receive messages, informing them of schedule or route changes, and which stations to call.

Transport for the North and Network Rail have recently started working on proposals related to the provision of rail infrastructure and services in Britain.

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