UK railway signalling technologies

An overview of railway control systems, subsystems and technologies used on UK mainline and metro railways.

5 days

Members: £1,500 + VAT
Non-members: £2,000 + VAT

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UK railway signalling technologies


£1,500.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£2,000.00 Plus vat


An overview of railway control systems, subsystems and technologies used on UK mainline and metro railways.

The range of railway signalling and control systems to be found on Britain’s main line and metro rail networks is diverse.

Increasingly, today’s engineers are expected to have broad knowledge of these systems across this entire range. 

This course offers you a range of detailed technical insight in a positive learning environment with like-minded individuals.

Who should attend?

This five-day programme is designed for all engineers working within, or soon to move into a railway signalling position.

How will I benefit?

    After attending this course you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how subsystems contribute to system function in a manner which is safe and meets customer needs
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the detailed characteristics of the various subsystems
  • Specify requirements for signalling systems and subsystems
  • Identify potential failure modes of subsystems and components, and common mitigations for these.
Contributes 35 CPD hours

The course met and exceeded my expectations.

Maicon Ferrari, Frauscher

Key topics

  • Engineering principles – includes safety and reliability requirements and common components
  • Systems for train control – includes movement authority, optimisation and protection systems
  • Systems for train detection – includes key interfaces and mechanisms
  • Systems for point operation – includes mechanism types and control logic
  • Operational principles and systems – includes telecommunications and track circuit block principles

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: A, B and E

  1. Knowledge and understanding - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology’ For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology’
  2. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’ For Incorporated Engineers ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’
  3. Professional commitment - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’

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At a glance

  • Duration:
    5 days
  • CPD Hours:
  • Accredited:
  • UK-Spec:
    A, B, E

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