Electronic terminals to replace manual signals to stop trains on the remote line
Passengers at some of the UK’s most isolated stations will soon no longer need to signal train drivers after a new system is installed.
Travelers at eight stations in the Scottish Highlands will have to press a button at an electronic kiosk rather than using hand signals to request the next train to stop to let them board, Network Rail said.
The terminals are linked by radio to the cabins of the train drivers.
The new system will be in use at stations in Scotscalder, Altnabreac, Kinbrace, Kildonan, Dunrobin Castle, Rogart, Invershin and Culrain from summer 2022.
They are all on the Far North Line, which is the most northerly rail line in the UK.
The kiosks are part of a larger Â£ 5million package of improvements to the line’s radio signaling system, making communications more reliable.
Network Rail Development Manager Cara Healy said: âImproving the radio network will make the experience of using demand stop stations easier and respond to the increased number of tourists visiting the area, in particular. during the Covid-19 pandemic.
âWe are working all winter to get this equipment ready to go into service before the busiest summer months.
“This new system will make it easier to use some of the more remote stations in our network and hopefully help encourage more people to come to the Highlands for walking, climbing, cycling and sightseeing.”
There are around 135 stations on UK railways where low demand means passengers are required to request trains to stop.