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Network Rail in discussions with consortium to upgrade telecoms infrastructure

24 February 2023/Categories: Operations Management, Rail


Network Rail are in exclusive discussions with a private sector consortium to enter a long-term partnership to upgrade its ageing telecoms infrastructure and improve connectivity across the UK in a deal that will result in significant savings for the taxpayer. Network Rail in exclusive discussions with consortium on deal to upgrade telecoms infrastructure: project reach release

The project will accelerate the necessary trackside fibre and mast upgrades to future-proof the telecoms network and:

  • enhance wireless connectivity on trains and in stations for passengers
  • improve data-driven train performance and safety systems
  • align with the Government’s levelling up agenda and support current objectives to improve connectivity across Britain

In a project launched two years ago, Network Rail has now entered exclusive discussions with a private sector consortium to upgrade the railway’s ageing telecoms infrastructure. The parties expect to reach an agreement by mid-2023.

Harriet Hepburn, Corporate Finance Director, Network Rail, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for Network Rail, and we are excited at the prospect of entering this long-term partnership. The proposal provides a comprehensive package that will deliver real benefits for passengers and the railway, and also significant savings for the UK tax-payer.”

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