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Train Operator Competition 2015 offering £6m to co-fund compelling operator innovation strategies

RSSB and the Department for Transport have, on 17 March, launched the Train Operator Competition 2015 (TOC’15), as part of the Future Railway programme, that will offer £6m to co-fund innovative proposals to address challenges faced by UK train operating companies. Future Railway is seeking to co-fund Train Operating Companies that present strategically coherent propositions with...
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Rail data apps in a weekend - all aboard the Hacktrain

Today Virgin Trains announced it is replacing traditional seats with exercise bikes, cross trainers and running machines to create the world’s first ever on-board travelling gym on its fleet of Pendolinos and Super Voyager trains. You may wish to note today’s date with reference to the above, but a lot of work can get done on a train, as shown by HackTrain - where 40 hackers, from 4...
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SMEs demo co-innovation on Cisco's Stations as Service Enabling the Digital Railway project

On Friday 20 March Cisco hosted a demo day for the winning SMEs selected last October for its StaaS (Stations as a Service) Connected Transport Challenge . StaaS is a two-year, £2 million, collaborative innovation project co-funded by Innovate UK and RSSB under the second Accelerating innovation in Rail Enabling the Digital Railway competition , with the goal of creating a new...
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KTN consortia building for AIR3 - an emotional journey to Enhanced Customer Experience in Rail Travel

When the authoritative account of the development of the smooth-running, modern, customer-friendly rail system comes to be written, the KTN organised consortia building event for the Enhancing Customer Experience in Rail Travel competition , could be noted as a significant watershed.   #AIR3 not a great day to travel @transportktn pic.twitter.com/KD4DRqRCc7 — Susan...
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Network Rail Initiative on Asset Related Data

A current Network Rail initiative may be of interest to you.    The initiative concerns their collection of asset related data which is fundamental to the safety and management of the railway.  At present a dedicated fleet of measurement trains equipped with complex measurement technology (e.g. lasers, ultrasonic probes, HD cameras) integrated with accurate positioning...
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Lifting the Bonnet on Network Rail

On Wednesday 25 February, Mark Carne, CEO of twelve months at Network Rail
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Improving rail for customers: £6 million funded enhancing customer experience in rail travel competition now publicly announced by Innovate UK

26/2/2015 -  Innovate UK has official announced the launch of the enhancing customer experience in rail travel competition , and, overnight, published the competition page on its website. In the announcement, Innovate UK highlights in particualr that businesses can apply for a share of £6 million to "support new digital technologies that improve customer experience on...
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Sneak preview of the scope for Innovate UK’s £6 million Enhancing Customer Experience in Rail Travel competition - be ready for Monday's launch event

Ahead of the competition launch on Monday in Coventry, Innovate UK  has released the scope document for the Enhancing Customer Experience in Rail Travel competition, that with the involvement of FutureRailway and RSSB , will result in investments totalling to £6m to support innovations in digital technologies that improve the customer experience in UK and international...
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Customer Experience in Rail Travel - a primer for the opportunities to be revealed at Monday's consortia building event

On Monday 2 March, at Coventry University, KTN will host a consortium-building event for potential applicants for the jointly-funded Innovate UK, FutureRailway and RSSB third Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition - recently confirmed as offering up to £6m for digital technologies that improve the customer experience of railways. The ‘Enhancing customer experience in rail travel’...
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An end in sight for the most tired excuse on the railway with FutureRailway’s COMPASS Competition

The stock excuse for lateness due to signal failure may about to become just a bad memory as the rail industry works on a system to overcome this all-to-familiar cause of delay on the network. Responding to demands from Government for more emphasis on innovation - sponsored by Network Rail and FutureRailway and run by Network Rail - the industry has proposed the COMbined...
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RRUKA and ATOC: Data to improve the customer experience

RRUKA and ATOC: Data to improve the customer experience - find out more...
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COMbined Positioning Alternative Signalling System competition now open for applications

4 February 2015 - FutureRailway is currently inviting entries for its COMbined Positioning Alternative Signalling System (COMPASS) competition and has also announced details of a briefing and partnership forming event, to be held at Prince Philip House in London on Tuesday 10 February. As featured last month , this 100% funded competition is offering £4 million to support...
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Accelerating Innovation in Rail funded Rail Adhesion Monitoring System now on trial along SW Trains routes

Back in September we summarised the eighteen collaborative R&D projects funded in the first Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition . Ahead of the third competition in this programme - to be previewed at a KTN consortia building event on 2 March in Coventry - TRL has recently publicised further details of its trials of a system for measuring of rail adhesion part-funded...
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Consortia building for Innovate UK’s forthcoming third Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition on Enabling the Digital Customer

Innovate UK and FutureRailway/RSSB is to open for entries a third Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition offering investment to accelerate innovation in the UK rail industry - this time addressing business challenges in the area of customer experience. A week ahead of the opening of the competition KTN is organising a consortia-building event for potential applicants - to be held in...
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Prototype battery-powered modified Class 379 train carries first passengers for a month long trial in Essex

15 January 2015 - N etwork Rail announced that the first battery-powered train to run on its rail network in more than half a century carried its first passengers this week, an important milestone in a project designed to demonstrate the viability of an eco-friendly battery-powered train. The new train is hoped to contribute to Network Rail’s commitment to reduce its environmental...
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Future Railway to seek research proposals from all sectors for a Combined Positioning Alternative Signalling System competition

Future Railway , the collaboration between Network Rail and RSSB set up to deliver the Rail Technical Strategy , has announced that it plans to launch a 100% funded competition in the new year, offering £4m for “highly innovative technology approaches” for helping enable trains to continue to move when the existing railway signalling fails. The COMbined Positioning...
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Innovation Challenge

Arthur D Little are looking for innovative solutions to a tough engineering challenge.  If you have any ideas, they want to hear from you!   They are working on behalf of a major European transport operator.  Their role is to gather ideas from a wide variety of sources; discuss with those sources how their ideas could be used to help meet the challenge; and present...
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DfT and Future Railway £4.5 million Power Train Challenge

FutureRailway has launched a 100% funded £4.5m competition on Powertrain efficiencies for self-powered Rail Vehicles entitled the “ Power Train Challenge ”. The competition aims to deliver novel powertrain solutions that can improve the business case for self-powered vehicles, so the total whole life cost of the vehicle should be reduced as a result of the new powertrain. This...
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Run to the station - time is short to enter Cisco's Connected Transport Challenge

Cisco has issued a challenge to start-ups and SMEs to come up with smart ideas for using the Internet of Everything (IoE) technologies to solve some common issues faced by the rail industry. As part of its Station-as-a-Service (StaaS) project, Cisco is seeking original proof of concept ideas to address four imagined scenarios: in the efficiency of physical security, operations,...
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HS2 Supply Chain Conference London & Manchester October 2014

At the supply chain conferences recently held in London and Manchester, key members of the HS2 team made clear the routes to direct and indirect procurement, https://hs2.bravosolution.co.uk and www.competefor.com , along with the type of events being arranged over the coming months for different categories and regions – keep checking www.hs2.org.uk/news-resources/events Between...
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Shift2Rail seeks diverse new partners to lead research and innovation in Europe

The European Commission this month announced a call for expressions of interest for new members of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking. Shift2Rail plans to invest just under €1 billion in research and innovation in the next six years for getting more passengers and freight onto Europe's railways. Shift2rail was established on 7 July 2014 after the European Council adopted a...
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The Henry Royce Memorial Lecture 2014

On Thursday 25 th  September Andrew McNaughton delivered the IET’s Henry Royce Memorial lecture to a packed theatre at the Royal Institution in London. Professor McNaughton, Chief Engineer and Technical Director of HS2 believes passionately that if the UK is to construct a transport system fit for what is set to become an even more densely populated island then it needs to get its...
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Winners announced for £3 million FutureRailway electrification competition - Avoidance of Bridge Reconstruction

RSSB - the Rail Safety and Standards Board - has announced the warding of funding worth £3 million for nine winning proposals for reducing the cost of electrification schemes by avoiding the need to reconstruct bridges and tunnels . The nine successful entries for the Avoidance of Bridge Reconstruction Competition will be be funded as part of a FutureRailway competition managed by...
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A head of steam for Accelerating Innovation in Rail - competition roundup

Last month, we reviewed progress of the winning projects for the Enabling the Digital Railway competition , that started in early 2014. That competition, announced in 2013, was the second competition - under the Accelerating Innovation in Rail livery - supported by Technology Strategy Board (now InnovateUK) and RSSB , the rail industry body for research and development.  The ...
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HS2 Supply Chain Conference - Registration is open

High Speed Two (HS2), our new North-South rail link, is the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure project in the UK, and the first new railway to be built north of London in over 120 years.   At £21.4bn, the construction of Phase One presents a great opportunity for businesses across the UK, from large to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to benefit from tens of...
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