The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers has been commissioned by Network Rail in Great Britain to undertake a review of a number of signalling principles. Some of these relate to changes that are relevant to the introduction of ETCS; others are proposed for conventional signalling in order to improve reliability and/or reduce the complexity of the design. The need to reduce complexity was prompted, in part, by concerns expressed in the IRSE’s review of the safety of signalling, produced in 2015 as a collaborative work with Network Rail and a number of UK-based signalling suppliers. The IRSE is pleased to be working with Network Rail on this present review of signalling principles, providing an independent review of the proposals by a number of experts. The work is under way and we expected to complete it by the end of May 2017. The initial work is aimed at allowing existing processes to be more focused from a safety perspective. However the GB Digital Railway programme is considering building upon this current work to facilitate higher levels of safety and whole-life efficiencies through the application of automated design and assurance processes.
The IRSE's Annual Dinner will take place on the evening of Friday 21st April at The Savoy, London. Our Guest of Honour will be David Waboso, Managing Director of the Digital Railway Programme. To book tickets for yourself or for your company, go to the Annual Dinner events page of our website.