HomeRail NewsNorthern City goes digital

Northern City goes digital

Listen to this article

Passengers on the Northern City Line, one of the most important routes into the City of London, will enjoy more reliable journeys as work to upgrade track and signalling on the route will create the first intercity digital railway in the UK.

As part of the East Coast Digital Programme this includes fitting trains with the latest in-cab signalling technology and removing the old lineside signals.

This will mean that signallers will be able to communicate with trains continuously rather than only at fixed signal points, responding in real time, which will benefit passengers by reducing delays and significantly improving performance.

However, to carry out this vital work, there will be some temporary service changes for passengers. There will be six weekends of track closures between Finsbury Park and Moorgate this summer as Network Rail teams work to install new equipment.

Toufic Machnouk, Programme Director for East Coast Digital Programme, said: “The East Coast Digital Programme is fundamental to improving reliability on the Northern City Line and the work taking place this summer is vital to keep the programme on track.