UK's Network Rail and British signalling and train control specialists Resonate are set to trial a new traffic management system known as Luminate on the Great Western Railway (GWR) main line, which runs between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway.
Luminate is being developed as part of a two-year contract between the two firms, and is expected to increase overall performance on journeys and reduce train delays by up to 15%.
The system is being designed to enable quick re-planning in real-time in the event of disruption to help return train services back to normal, thereby effectively reduce delays and negative impact on passengers.
The developers of the system will work with Digital Railway to improve performance on the GWR network.
Digital Railway group managing director David Waboso said: “Thousands of passengers will benefit from the introduction of this cutting-edge technology that could reduce train delays by up to 15% on the main lines out of London Paddington.
“We have also revolutionised the way we work with suppliers in the last year, so that together we can deliver real improvements to the railway and show measurable passenger benefits.”
The project is expected to be completed in June 2018, while the year-long trial is set to run until 2019.
The UK Department for Transport and Digital Railway team have been working on a number of proposals and business cases to enhance capacity and performance on Britain’s railways.