Britain is now one of the leading countries in Europe when it comes to the operation of national rail networks. Use has more than doubled over the last two decades hitting a record 1.6 billion passengers a year, and there are no signs of growth stopping there. Passenger numbers are set to rise year on year and, because of this, rail operators are looking at ways of maximising capacity by putting existing stock and infrastructure to better use.
Last quarter's Digital Railway Supplier’s Autumn Conference didn’t just provide an insight into how Network Rail's Digital Railway programme will come together over the next few years, in addition, it raised a rather progressive idea. Discussions were had that put wheels on the notion that a far higher level of collaboration between formerly competing suppliers would not only be possible, but necessary.