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The number of train services on rail networks in Australian cities could eventually increase by 40 per cent because of a recent decision about access to radio bandwidth, operators say.
The Australasian Railway Association has retained the use of a crucial radio spectrum that will allow new wireless rail control and safety systems.
There had been concern the spectrum would be lost to mobile phone companies when the bandwidth licence expires in 2015.
The association says the licence is needed for an upgrade of the nation's rail safety network planned for the next 10 years.
Chief executive Bryan Nye says rail companies won the right to the bandwidth after presenting a strong business and safety case to the Federal Government.
"We'd have the same uniform spectrum to enable us to communicate and change dramatically the way we control trains throughout Australia," he said.
"We can then digitally control the trains and it will eventually do away with signal systems.
"We know exactly where every train is. It means we can put more trains on the network. Even in the metropolitan networks we can increase the capacity by about 40 per cent using new signalling systems."
Mr Nye says the greatest impact will be felt on country routes where many more trains can be run without the need for new infrastructure.
This article first appeared on au.news.yahoo.com
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