By Mark O’BrienA group of engineers working in the fields of electrical and communications are working to rebuild the networks of the UK’s railways after the devastating tsunami in March.
The work is being funded by the Government to build a network of high speed, high capacity, flexible and secure communications networks, as well as providing emergency services and training for engineers and workers.
The Government is working closely with the private sector to find the best and most cost effective way to provide high speed communication, transport and communications services to the public.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) has been working with the Government and private industry on a network-building exercise for the past few years.
The exercise will involve designing and building new high speed networks, to enable trains to travel in parallel across the country, which is critical to the future of the rail network.
Railway network expert Paul McInnes, who is part of the project, said it was vital that these services were accessible to everyone.
“We’ve got to get this network in place so that we can get the trains moving, and we can keep moving trains,” he said.
“What we need is to get these trains moving quickly.”
That is what we need to do in the case of a major disaster like this, we need all the capacity available, because then you can move the trains as quickly as you need to, and keep moving.
“The project is being conducted by Transport for London (TfL), which will run the project under the auspices of the Government.
Tfl’s Chief Executive, Adrian Bailey, said: “We are working closely together with the industry to build the best-funded network in the world, so we can help our customers and the public make informed decisions about the future.”
Mr Bailey said the project would help ease the burden on TfL and the Government by providing high-speed, flexible, and secure communication services to all passengers, staff and customers, including emergency services, fire and rescue services, and emergency services on standby.
The TfB’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Smith, said the exercise would enable the Government’s emergency services to operate better, increase capacity and give greater resilience to emergency services in the event of a disaster.”
As we continue to work with the community to support the recovery, we are ensuring the safety and security of our customers, staff, passengers and staff in our network,” he added.
The project will cost around £8 billion.
Tfl said it would be working closely to secure the funding, which includes an independent safety assessment of the feasibility of the exercise.”
The Government has provided £4 billion to Tfl, and Tfllc has secured the remaining £3 billion for the exercise, with the remainder coming from the Rail, Marine and Transport Authority, the National Grid and the National Railways,” a Tfl statement said.
Tasmania’s Department of Transport and Infrastructure said it had also committed £2 billion towards the project.”
This exercise is the latest in a series of investments that are set to support communities across the state in their recovery from the catastrophic March tsunami,” the department said in a statement.”
These projects will deliver more than $1 billion in support for the economy during the recovery period.