Driver Advisory Systems Board

    ​The purpose of the DAS PCB is to promote the development and deployment of DAS systems to meet the needs of the rail industry in support of the industry technical strategy. The board is also tasked with contributing to the industry objectives for the management of capacity and carbon, algorithm optimisation and impact on schedules that sit within access agreements through the undertaking of an optimisation operational trial to manage conflict at airport junction exploiting the on board DAS units fitted to First Great Western (FGW) trains as a near term primary goal.


    The technical scope of the subgroup is focused in the following key areas:

    • The development of connected DAS systems to build on the deployments of standalone DAS that has been implemented by a number of passenger and freight train operating companies in the past two years
    • To promote the undertaking of joint industry operational trial on the network to demonstrate the principles and operation of improved conflict management by the use of DAS and other predictive techniques such as mathematical algorithms to manage train path conflicts at key locations
    • To support and monitor the integration of connected DAS with Traffic Management to optimise the effectiveness of Traffic Management in regulating the operational railway
    • To support the development of principles and process, including algorithms,and system architecture to improve capacity management by the use of DAS at key locations
    • To oversee the next phase of development (phase 2) of the COMPASS National programme for the generation of the tactical picture of a trains location, speed and direction of travel as a joint venture on behalf of the UK rail industry.
    • To support the realisation of the longer term strategy to progress from connected DAS, Traffic Management and the roll out of the ERTMS system across the UK rail network with the aim of achieving Automatic Train Operation (ATO) at the earliest opportunity.

    This aligns with the scope of V/TC&C SIC as set out in SIC Protocol,to ‘provide the focus for train control and communication issues’.

    Message from the chair

    The DAS Board aims to identify and promote operational deployments of DAS technology and systems.  This will improve the operational capability and performance of the UK railway network, and support putting the passenger first.


      A representative from each of the following organisations/sectors’ then list:

      • Network Rail – Engineering
      • Network Rail – Operations
      • RSSB
      • passenger train operators
      • freight and other non-passenger train operators
      • DAS Operations Specialist.
      Chair of committee: John Collins
      RSSB main representative: Stuart McFarland
      Other Members
      Other members
      Sandra Parry-Husbands
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      John Collins
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Richard Barrow
      Nadia Abouelhiga
      Rail Delivery Group
      Infrastructure Manager
      Angie Adams
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Ian Maxwell
      Office of Rail and Road
      Office of Rail Regulation
      Mark Wardell
      Great Western Railway Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Stuart McFarland
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      Aidan Mcgrady
      Network Rail Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Karl Butler-Garnham
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Marcus Askell
      Rail Delivery Group
      Clive Burrows
      First Group PLC
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Vish Kalsapura
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      James Dawson
      High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Andrew Simmons
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Thomas Williamson
      High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Muhammad Sarvar
      Abellio Scotrail Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Do you need to get in touch with this group?
      Contact our Industry Groups Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
      Roisin Mulvany
      Tel: 020 3142 5579
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