Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail, said that ‘digital railway signaling is inevitable ‘at the recent CILT annual rail lecture.
Hendy, who was formerly the Comissioner of TfL, said that the railway should be run like the tube.
“We have the most congested railway in Western Europe, but this is not a bad thing – we just need to fix it,” said Hendy. “I think digital railway signalling is inevitable on the larger rail network, we did it on the Underground simply to fit more trains.
“Who will pay for the railway? The result of a fixed treasury cap is that money is now tight, and some of the projects have been reserved, we are now selling assets to the tune of £2 billion and the doors have shut on never ending debt.”