Leading UK rail universities to benefit from Network Rail agreements

01st October 2019

The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) is delighted to announce that it is set to receive millions of pounds in investment from Network Rail to boost UK rail research and development. The Network Rail Research Framework agreement will see contracts signed with eight UKRRIN universities to bolster innovation in the sector. The research […]

University of Birmingham leases Porterbrook High Speed Train

18th September 2019

Rolling stock asset management company, Porterbrook, has leased one of its iconic High-Speed Trains (HST) to the University of Birmingham. The HSTs revitalised InterCity rail travel in Britain from their introduction in the late 1970s and are held in huge affection by travellers and enthusiasts alike. The HST will enable the University of Birmingham to […]

Now accepting entries for the 2019 Young Innovator Award!

13th September 2019

About this competition In order to continue taking innovative approaches to challenges facing today’s railways, we need to encourage young people to ‘choose rail’ so that we generate new thinking and enable knowledge transfer opportunities. We also however, need to ensure we retain existing talent, by encouraging the development of new skills as needed, and […]

Rail Live 2019

08th July 2019

Rail Live took place on the 19th and 20th of June this year. With representatives from across the rail industry in attendance it was a vibrant, busy and exciting event. Innovative collaboration between industry and academia featured highly across the event. With UKRRIN founding members RSSB, Siemens, Unipart, Pandrol present and UKRRIN industrial partner Porterbrook […]

The UK’s first hydrogen train makes its debut at Rail Live 2019

03rd July 2019

Rail Live is one of the highlights in the rail events calendar, taking place over two days at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre in Warwickshire. This year saw the launch of HydroFLEX, the UK’s first hydrogen-powered train delivered by the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) (part of the University of Birmingham) and […]

Mainline Testing of UK’s First Hydrogen Train Gets Green Light

21st June 2019

Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research and Education (‘BCRRE’) today announce that the UK’s first hydrogen train, HydroFLEX, will be tested on the mainline railway following a successful proof-of-concept.   The mainline testing of HydroFLEX marks an important step in the development of a zerocarbon emission propulsion system that could help […]

Rail Live 2019

14th June 2019

On the 19-20 of June 2019 UKRRIN will be exhibiting on stand W44 at Rail Live. Rail Live brings together the entire UK rail industry in a real railway environment. With over 250 exhibitors and 6000 visitors each year, it is one of the leading showcases in the UK rail industry calendar.   UKRRIN will […]

RSSB £650k Research Competition: Data Sandbox+

14th May 2019

The Data Sandbox+ research competition builds on the success of the original ‘Data Sandbox’ initiative that RSSB launched in 2017, which funded five feasibility studies on how data can be used in novel ways to support performance improvements. Through the Data Sandbox+, RSSB are making £650,000 available to fund demonstrator projects that build on the […]

UKRRIN welcomes two new industry members into network

26th April 2019

PRESS RELEASE The UK Rail Research Network (UKRRIN) has welcomed two new industry members into its network. Furrer + Frey and Worldline join ten university and 15 industry partners in UKRRIN, giving them access to world-class research expertise, capabilities and facilities to address industry challenges across digital systems, infrastructure, rolling stock and testing. The announcement […]

UKRRIN joins cross-organisational group to fresh the Rail Technical Strategy

11th April 2019

One of the core functions of the coordinating hub supporting UKRRIN is the pillar focused on links to industry strategy. As part of this,  we have  joined forces with RSSB, Network Rail and Siemens to be part of the cross-organisational, new collaborative group tasked with updating and refreshing the Rail Technical Strategy (RTS). The Rail […]

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