Railways New Signalling System - The railways will roll out its new signalling system from April 2020 onwards. It is expected to make trains travel faster and safer.

Implementation of the new signalling system: 

  • The four sections where the plan will be first implemented (covering 640 kilometres) include- 
  • Renigunta-Yerraguntla section of South Central Railways
  •  The Vizianagaram-Palasa section of East Coast Railway 
  •  The Jhansi Bina on North Central Railway
  •  The Nagpur-Badnera on Central Railway
  • It’s a pilot project for pan-India implementation of the INR 78,000 Crore project to modernise the signalling system.
  • The project is yet to get approval from NITI Aayog, the extended Railway Board and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
  • These four sections are some of the busiest routes on railways with heavy traffic and will act as a pilot for signal modernization across the 70, 000 km network of Railways.

Other modern technologies to be implemented are:

  • Automatic train protection system that helps in adhering to permissible speed limits without driver intervention.
  • 4G based mobile train radio communication system which can be used for emergency communications.


  • Implementation of these new systems will improve safety, reduce congestion, increase line capacity and improve line punctuality.
  • A centralized traffic control system is the need of the hour and should be implemented along with remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance system.

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