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Rail Safety and Standards Board announces £4m TOC’16 rail innovation competition

Safety and Standards Board yesterday announced the opening next month of its Train Operator Challenge 2016 - abbreviated to TOC’16, as its summer 2016 innovation competition, set to offer £4m to support between four to six projects with up to £1m per collaborative project.

TOC’16 will open for applications next month and will challenge train operators and suppliers to collaborate in developing new ways to improve railway performance, reliability and safety, while enhancing the customer experience of rail travel.

RSSB’s Innovations Programme Director, Neil Webster, said, “The TOC’16 competition has been designed to help operators and suppliers work closely to find solutions which will overcome specific challenges which can be implemented on the railway”

RSSB pointed to common challenges faced by train operators as door-to-door customer journeys; punctuality and reliability at stations; disruption management; as well as the industry-wide challenges of increasing capacity, safety and security.

The rules of TOC’16 require proposals to be submitted by consortia containing at least one train operator and at least one supplier.


Three projects led by TOC announced for last year’s RSSB Train Operator Competition 2015

In July last year, RSSB announced that 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).


Launch and briefing event on 19 May 2016

The competition will open at a launch and briefing event on 19 May 2016, and is to close for entries on the 16 September 2016. RSSB stated it expects to host additional collaboration events in the summer.

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