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

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 […]

Senior leaders from key rail organisations endorse the Rail Technical Strategy to fast-track rail innovation

13th October 2020

PRESS RELEASE: 13 October 2020  The Rail industry is committed to prioritising innovation to meet present and future challenges.   Britain’s railway must increase the speed that research, and innovation is conducted and put into action to improve performance and reduce costs. This will be vital to attract customers back to the railway in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The requirement to invest in forward–looking technical solutions from development to successful deployment is more prominent now than ever before.  Senior rail leaders from across the industry have reaffirmed their commitment for the shift needed in innovation set out in this latest […]

UK’s first hydrogen train takes to the mainline marking major step towards decarbonising Britain’s railways

08th October 2020

The first ever hydrogen powered train has run on the UK mainline as part of a project being delivered in partnership with the University of Birmingham – signalling a major step forward towards the UK’s net zero targets. The trials of the train, known as HydroFLEX , which have been supported with a £750,000 grant from the […]

UKRRIN network capabilities set to expand with Centre of Excellence for Passenger Experience

31st July 2020

The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) is set to expand its core capabilities with a new immersive Centre of Excellence focused on Inclusive Passenger Experience (IPEC). The UKRRIN IPEC will provide a physical space for the development and testing of innovations across four thematic areas of: Inclusive design, passenger digital connectivity, passenger experience […]

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 […]

Siemens Mobility reveal plan for rail industry innovation centre

10th January 2020

Planning application submitted for facility in Goole, East Yorkshire Research and development hub will complement £200m Siemens Mobility rail manufacturing facility Plans have been revealed for a leading centre for research, development and innovation for the UK rail industry in Goole, East Yorkshire. A planning application for the innovation hub has been submitted to East […]

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