Following completion of the 5G RailNext project in March 2021, discussions were held with the
Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), the University of Strathclyde’s Software Defined Radio Lab (StrathSDR), and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) regarding potential follow-on work within the 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme.
Although 5G RailNext focused primarily on the benefits of on-train connectivity for passengers, SPT conveyed that they were also interested in exploring the potential benefits of 5G connectivity for other activities. In particular, they identified subway maintenance as a key area where 5G connectivity could potentially play a role in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of maintenance tasks.
These discussions resulted in the 5G SubConnect project, which ran from 1st November 2021 to
31st March 2022, with the aim of investigating the potential for 5G connectivity to add value to
maintenance activities in the tunnels of underground railway systems.
This report captures the key outputs of the project.