Next generation S&C design will utilise novel materials that have been designed specifically for application in S&C. This will enable the switching and locking function to be radically changed, which will improve reliability and reduce switching time (capacity).

New materials and optimal design will also improve the wheel/rail interaction, which will reduce (eliminate with lighter vehicles) degradation of the running rails and support components. Installation and logistics will be considered at the design stage, allowing these tasks to be carried out more quickly, and with a reduced need for people to be on the track.

BIM will be used to integrate the next generation of S&C design, to both help integrate different solutions and to speed-up approvals and standardisation.