In response to the Future Railway programme’s April 2014 Rail Operator Competition Challenge (ROCC) - under which RSSB and the Department for Transport offered to fund innovative proposals to address challenges faced by UK train operating companies - around £3.5million has been awarded to eight projects.
The competition, launched in 2014, was designed to help Rail Operators become more familiar with innovation processes. The winning innovation proposals, according to the Future Railway, cover a wide range of operational challenges each with “potential to deliver considerable benefits to the railway system”.
Five projects are currently underway while negotiations are being finalised for the remaining three proposals. The live projects include:
David Clarke, RSSB’s Director of Innovation, commented, “Innovation has a big role to play in delivering a step change in the operation of Britain’s railways. The winning innovation proposals have been selected for this competition due to their novelty, potential to deliver tangible operational benefits and support from the train operating community.”
Train Operator Competition 2015
RSSB and the Department for Transport’s Train Operator Competition 2015 (TOC’15) launched in March 2015 (with deadline of Friday 15 May) offering £6m to co-fund innovative proposals to address challenges faced by UK train operating companies.