RSSB last week announced brief details of three projects selected to go to the second stage of its Train Operator Competition 2015 (TOC’15), launched in March to help co-fund strategic portfolios of innovation projects for UK train operating companies.
The train operating companies Arriva UK Trains, Govia Thameslink Railway and First Great Western, have been awarded access to a £6m collaborative innovation fund as a result of entering RSSB’s Train Operator Competition 2015 (TOC’15).
Each project, it was claimed, has a strong focus on customers: Arriva UK Trains intend to develop and trial a “buy now pay later” scheme, Govia Thameslink Railway are looking at overcrowding and First Great Western intend to improve disruption management and to empower the passenger during delays. The three organisations will now move forward to Stage 2, in which the organisation will be invited to submit detailed plans for the innovation projects and partnerships proposed in the submissions for Stage 1.
RSSB sated they received nine entries to the TOC’15 competition, covering six owning groups, 13 TOCs, two ROSCOs , four universities, and some 42 delivery partners.
According to David Clarke, RSSB Director of Innovation, “The variety of the entries we received illustrates that there are some great ideas out there which we can now start to develop and trial.”
“To repeat what Claire Perry said at the TOC’15 launch in March, innovation is vital to the rail industry as passenger numbers and customer expectations continue to rise. We look forward to working with these train operators and taking their ideas to the next stage to deliver benefits to the industry.”