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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 […]

PRESS RELEASE: UKRRIN Launches Call for New Centres of Excellence

12th February 2021

UKRRIN launches call for new Centres of Excellence   12 February 2021: The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), the £92 million partnership between academia and industry, has opened a call for expressions of interest to establish two new Centres of Excellence, in ‘Inclusive Passenger Experience’ and ‘Rail Economics, Policy and Operations’.   UKRRIN […]

New UKRRIN Centres of Excellence: Request for expressions of interest

11th February 2021

To enhance capabilities and make the network more responsive to industry needs, UKRRIN members are keen to seek out expressions of interests from academic institutions to become official members of the UKRRIN network as part of one of two new proposed Centres of Excellence. Since the development of the network in 2018, UKRRIN has offered […]

World Congress on Railway Research: Call for Papers

03rd February 2021

  The 13th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) is coming to the United Kingdom, proudly hosted by RSSB and the University of Birmingham.   The WCRR Organising Committee is now inviting the submission of abstracts for presentations at the 2022 Congress in line with the theme: Reshaping our railways post-pandemic: Research with an impact […]

Unlocking the Railway of the Future

29th January 2021

Dr Sam Bemment, Technical & Innovation Manager, Railway Industry Association Assisting our members and, by extension, the wider industry to innovate has long been a core activity of the Railway Industry Association. That is why RIA was a founder member of the UK Rail Research & Innovation Network (UKRRIN), formed in 2017 to bring together […]

Cost Efficient Electrification: The railway industry continues to meet the cost challenge of electrification through research

16th December 2020

Research by the University of Sheffield, Furrer+Frey and Network Rail is helping to embed cost efficient electrification in the UK’s rail network. After four years, two PhDs have been completed both focusing on different areas of cost efficient electrification and improved reliability. New electrification is seen as an essential step to decarbonise rail as part […]

British Steel enhancing rail products in R&D partnership with University of Sheffield

12th November 2020

PRESS RELEASE: British Steel is enhancing its range of world-class rail products and services by embarking on a multi-million-pound research and development (R&D) programme with engineers from the University of Sheffield. Our company, which supplies the majority of the track laid in the UK and exports to major networks across the globe, is working with […]

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 […]

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