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Emergency Services Network: Spring 2020 update


The Emergency Services Network (ESN) is a new communications system for the UK’s blue light services. ESN replaces the current Airwave system.

The Committee’s previous scrutiny of the project led to recommendations that the Home Office reassess its timeline for rolling out the ESN so that the department knows which regions of the country may require an extension of the existing Airwave system. The Committee has also recommended reconsidering identified risks to the project, and the cost implications associated with those risks. The Committee also expressed concerns that the Home Office needed to work better with Transport for London and other metropolitan transport providers to ensure the system was reliable underground.

The previous Public Accounts Committee returned to this project several times and was concerned at the specification and delivery of this vital national project – you can find details of the Committee’s previous work on the emergency services network here

Due to measures being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus, or Covid-19, the inquiry of this session was suspended but we intend to return to it, in a different form, in this session. We will provide more details shortly.

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