RAIL passengers at six Sutherland demand stops will no longer have to signal the driver to stop at their platform once new kiosks are operational next summer, Network Rail has revealed.
Work is underway at eight Far North Line stations to install “stop request kiosks” that will allow passengers to access the next scheduled service.
The kiosks are part of a larger package of improvements to the line’s radio signaling system, worth around Â£ 5million.
Kinbrace, Kildonan, Dunrobin Castle, Rogart, Invershin and Culrain will have all new systems installed, as well as Scotscalder and Altnabreac in Caithness.
This will improve the current operation of the railway by allowing passengers to request the train’s next stop at these stations using a radio system linked to the driver’s cabin. Due to their location, footfall at these stations is among the lowest in the UK and as a result they operate on a ‘request to stop’ basis, requiring manual reporting of trains to stop. The approach.
The addition of the kiosks will allow passengers arriving at stations to make their requests directly in the driver’s cabin – eliminating the need for a manual signal, and introduces a system that Network Rail claims is more user-friendly and will improve operational performance.
This new equipment should be put into service at the line’s eight âstop requestâ stations from next summer. Scotscalder was selected as the test site where a period of dual operation will thoroughly test the reliability of the improved system prior to deployment.
In addition to installing the ‘Kiosk Shutdown Request’, Network Rail will also upgrade existing radio communication masts and antenna and install new equipment at Muir of Ord and Wick stations to improve coverage. radio.
He claims this will improve the reliability and resiliency of the communications network on the road, which will improve the overall passenger experience for those traveling on the route.
Cara Healy, Network Rail Development Manager for work on the Great North Line, said: âImproving the radio network will make the experience of using ‘request to stop’ stations simpler and respond to the number. increased number of tourists visiting the region, especially 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. “
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