Rail freight operator DB Cargo is now offering digital route learning for its drivers.
It has filmed rail routes across the country using a specialist camera to create an online route programme that drivers can access via tablet or computer.
The programme was created in collaboration with Track Access Services and runs high quality footage of the route alongside a moving map, while advising on other areas including speed and signals.
Rail freight drivers are traditionally provided with a route that they learn in an allotted period of time by physically travelling over it. Using streamed media enables drivers to review the route multiple times, and go back or move forward through the footage to review certain sections again.
Head of resources Andrew Byrne said: “We have filmed around 40 per cent of the UK rail network, covering a substantial number of routes already. We are continuing our work so that we can roll out digital route learning even further.”