Railway Operations and Control Systems Design

Module Title - Railway Operations and Control Systems Design
Number of credits - 10

Module description 

The module covers the interdependent domains of railway operations management and railway control systems technologies.

Areas addressed include the management of complexity and business continuity, the safe operation of freight and passenger train services, human resource management and environmental issues, as well as operations management and economics for the rail industry.

The design of railway control and signalling systems requires a detailed understanding of the principles relating to braking performance, block operation, route setting, failsafe principles and the mathematical theories of safe software design.

Interlocking design, automatic train control (ATP and ATO) and moving block are covered, together with the European Train Control System (ETCS) and the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). The special requirements of metro and light rail operations are considered alongside signalling maintenance and EMC issues.

Modelling of signalling systems and the simulation of simple railway networks are introduced through lectures and practical activities.