Wednesday 7 Apr 2004

NETWORK RAIL STATEMENT ON GSM-R

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National
Computing magazine are running a story tomorrow (embargoed story running on PA) about delays to the GSM-R system – a new digital radio system for the railway which Network Rail is taking forward, fully funded by the SRA. On the main issues raised:- Delay to implementation of GSM-R and impact on safety: Although GSM-R is a more advanced radio communications system with many additional features, we still have a national radio communications system in place in the form of CSR (cab secure radio) and NRN (national radio network), which manage safety communications on the rail network. The current timescales inject a sense of realism and affordability into the project without compromising safety. Possible interference of CSR frequencies: Ofcom and the Radiocommunications Agency will be protecting Cab Secure Radio (used mainly in Southern England) until the rollout of the new GSM-R system thus ensuring that there will be no interference from UK sources. Frequencies presently used by CSR may in the future at some point, be used by our European neighbours. Whilst not presently an issue we are investigating to ensure that the frequencies used by CSR are fully protected. For media enquiries please contact the Network Rail press office on 020 7557 8292 / 3

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