Network Rail has signed a £30 million, three year deal for BT to install a new IP network, and provide voice and data services.

The deal will see most of the Network Rail legacy infrastructure replaced at its several hundred sites, which include offices, control centres, depots, signal boxes, and level crossings.

The company, which manages the UK’s railways, is currently running an efficiency programme to reduce costs. It said the new IP infrastructure would help save money, and would also offer more reliable communications.

It is also running a project to renew and replace 16,000km of copper cabling and 11,000km of fibre optic cabling, in readiness to launch a state-of-the-art digital driver-to-signaller radio system, into which the new IP network will link.

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