'Next-gen high-speed broadband mobile phones could compromise railway safety'

Written by: Anita Nair
Subscribe to Oneindia News

London, Dec 17 (ANI): Lord Berkeley, chairman of UK's Rail Freight Group, has warned that the next generation of high-speed broadband mobile phones that are due to be launched from 2014, could cause a rail crash by interfering with a train's electronics and signalling.

The Telegraph quoted Berkeley as saying that it "could be a serious issue for the railways - it could cause accidents, 'going through signals at red' in the old terminology".

He warned that there could be "serious problems of safety and operations" on the railways, adding: "It's not much use if you have got super fast broadband which prevents super fast trains - or even ordinary trains - from running."

He said that the planned 900MHz spectrum for mobiles was "quite close" to the recently-introduced digital radio system used on the railways, the paper said.

Lord Berkeley further stated that the problems of interference could occur within a distance of two and a half miles (four kilometres) of any railway infrastructure, and it could cost up to 100 million pounds to shield trains and trackside equipment to eliminate interference. (ANI)

Please Wait while comments are loading...