Why create permanent ATWS installations?

Why create permanent ATWS installations?

Why are permanent ATWS installations on the rise across the rail network? The safety of workers and passengers is of utmost importance in the rail industry. With the increasing demand for more efficient and reliable rail services, it is important to ensure that safety measures are in place. One technology that has been gaining popularity in recent years is the Automatic Track Warning System (ATWS). An ATWS is a safety system that alerts workers on the track of an approaching train. It works by detecting the presence of a train using various sensors and transmitting a warning signal to the workers through an audio or visual device. The system is designed to provide an early warning to workers on the track and enable them to take appropriate safety measures.

Improved Safety

The primary reason for the increasing popularity of permanent ATWS installations is improved safety. The system provides an early warning to workers on the track and enables them to take appropriate safety measures. This helps to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries on the rail network.


Permanent installations of ATWS are also cost-effective. While the initial cost of installation may be higher than a temporary option, the system is designed to last for many years with minimal maintenance. This can help to reduce the overall cost of safety measures on the rail network.

Compliance with Regulations

The rail industry is subject to various safety regulations, including those set by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Permanent installations of ATWS can help rail operators comply with these regulations and ensure a safe working environment for their workers, particularly in regular maintenance areas.

Improved Efficiency

ATWS can also help to improve the efficiency of the rail network. The system can reduce the need for track possessions and other disruptive safety measures by warning workers on the track early. This can help to reduce delays and improve the overall performance of the rail network.

Customisable Solution

ATWS can be customised to suit the specific needs of the rail operator. For example, the system can be designed to provide warnings for specific types of trains or at specific locations. This can help improve the system’s effectiveness and ensure that it is tailored to the needs of the rail operator.

Integration with Other Safety Systems

ATWS can also be integrated with other safety systems on the rail network. For example, the system can be linked to CCTV cameras, access control systems, and other safety measures. This can help improve the rail network’s safety and ensure workers are always protected.


In conclusion, permanent ATWS installations are rising across the rail network due to their many benefits. Improved safety, cost-effectiveness, compliance with regulations, improved efficiency, customisation, and integration with other safety systems are just some of the advantages of this technology. As the rail industry continues to evolve and adopt new technologies, it is clear that ATWS will continue to play a critical role in ensuring the safety of workers and passengers on the rail network. Speak to our Track Warning Services to discuss your requirements.

About Us

RSS Infrastructure provides multi-disciplinary infrastructure services for the rail, civil and utilities sectors. With offices in Birmingham, Cwmbran, and Doncaster, RSSI works with several clients, including Network Rail, WMCA, Midland Metro Alliance, HS2 as well as Tier 1 & 2 contractors. Services offered include; Arboriculture, Construction & Civils, Magnetic Track Safety, Possession Management, Rail Operations, Safety-Critical Resource, Signalling, Track Warning Services, and Welding.

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