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Network Rail to use Internet of Things to prevent flooding

Network Rail is currently conducting trials with an Internet of Things technology to prevent flooding of railway lines. The British railway manager carries out the experiments, which are part of the TrackWater project, in collaboration with Lancaster University and the Transport Systems Catapult.

The tests with drainage detection and real-time monitoring techniques from technology company InTouch take place on a Network Rail test track in Melton Mowbray near Leicester. The aim is to test the innovative sensor technology and explore a data-driven approach to water management within the rail sector.


Network Rail expects to reduce drainage-related problems on the track with the use of real-time information and automation. In addition, better monitoring can provide more insight into the performance of the rail infrastructure drainage system, so that specific maintenance can be done. The evaluation of the trails is in April 2019.

The TrackWater project started in October 2017 and is financed by Innovate UK and the Ministry of Transport, reports

Author: Marieke van Gompel

Marieke van Gompel is editor-in-chief of, and, online magazines for railway professionals.

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