Promoting work that supports the Rail Technical Strategy

Promoting work that supports the Rail Technical Strategy

08th July 2021

Many of the research and innovation activities undertaken by UKRRIN members support progress towards the goals set out in the Rail Technical Strategy. Visibility of these is essential to enable greater collaboration across industry and to inform the investment pipeline.   The first of the bi-annual RTS updates will highlight progress against the stepping stones […]

Work completes on new railway research centre at the university of birmingham

03rd November 2020

A new purpose-built centre designed to deliver specialist research in digital railway engineering has been opened at the University of Birmingham. The Centre of Excellence for Digital Systems showcases successful collaboration between academia and industry, as the university has partnered with the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) to commission the facility, with £16.4m […]

UKRRIN at Unlocking Innovation: Digital Railway – The Future Webinar Series

05th July 2020

UKRRIN are one of the strategic partners of the Railway Industry Association’s highly renowned Unlocking Innovation programme. The Programme aims to creating a platform for cross industry collaboration with an emphasis on the creation and showcasing of new ideas, through a series of events. On the week commencing 29 July, the Unlocking Innovation programme with […]

HydroFLEX Update: The world’s first bi-mode electric train moves closer to commercialisation

17th June 2020

The UK’s first hydrogen-powered train (HydroFLEX) is moving closer to commercial operation after the University of Birmingham has been awarded new funding by the Department for Transport. The grant, worth £400,000, is part of InnovateUK’s First of a Kind (FOAK) Programme. It will enable the HydroFLEX development team at the University of Birmingham and industry partners Porterbrook to develop the detailed final […]

UKRRIN Covid-19 Update

25th March 2020

On 16 March, the Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer held a press conference to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister asked for people to work from home, avoid unnecessary travel and social gatherings, especially in the London area. This was reinforced in his statement on 23 March which introduced stricter […]

RIA on ‘Decarbonising our railways’: UKRRIN Decarbonisation Blog

18th March 2020

Decarbonising our railways – where are we and what do we need to do next? David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association Climate change increasingly dominates our news agenda – and for the rail industry, there is much discussion about how we best decarbonise the network. So what’s the current state of play for the […]

University of Birmingham Reopens Transient Aerodynamic Investigation (TRAIN) facility with £1.5 million upgrade.

16th March 2020

The University of Birmingham’s Transient Aerodynamic Investigation (TRAIN) facility, based in Derby’s Rail Technology Centre (RTC) business park, has reopened following a £1.5 million renovation and upgrade. The TRAIN rig is a unique facility which allows researchers to examine the aerodynamic effects created by moving vehicles and the impact on their surroundings. It is part […]

Introducing the UKRRIN Decarbonisation Blog Series

12th March 2020

Our second blog series is focussed on this question… “how can we decarbonise the railway?”. In February 2018, Jo Johnson, the then Rail Minister, challenged the rail industry to remove diesel-only trains from the network by 2040 and to develop a vision to decarbonise the railways. With the climate emergency finally starting to get the […]

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