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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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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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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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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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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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Network Rail begins on-track trials of prototype battery-powered train with high-speed running scheduled for the end of the year

As an update to its announcement in January that Network Rail and Bombardier had started work on a prototype battery powered train , Network Rail today stated that it’s completed the retrofitting of its first battery-powered train and has now embarked upon a programme of trials at a test track in Derby . The project - known as Independently-Powered Electric Multiple Unit (IPEMU) -...
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Shift2Rail group to manage European rail research and innovation - major funding opportunity for railway applications

On 16 June the European Council adopted a regulation setting up a public-private partnership called Shift2Rail joint undertaking , to manage a research and innovation programme to support the development of better rail services in Europe. Located in Brussels, it is expected to be officially established in early July, with its operations expected to kick off in early 2015. ...
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Provision of Hosted Telecoms Innovation Facilities at Rail Innovation and Development Centre

Fixed and mobile telecommunication services are increasingly becoming an enabler for innovation across the rail industry. These services and products require representative and accessible telecommunications systems and services for testing. Network Rail is investing in its Rail Innovation and Development Centres (RIDC) to provide these.test 'environments.   The opportunity ...
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European Commission publishes proposal on regulations to establish Shift2Rail public-private partnership

The European Commission yesterday adopted a proposal to the European Parliament and Ministers to approve a new public-private partnership named Shift2Rail , that will invest just under €1 billion in research and innovation over seven years to help get more passengers and freight onto Europe's railways. According to the Commission, rail travel is among the most efficient and...
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Network Rail and Bombardier developing prototype battery powered train

Network Rail said it and its partners have begun work to create a prototype battery-powered train . It has highlighted in two press releases its project to develop a battery powered train , as part of an industry study into the feasibility of using electric trains on parts of the railway which haven't been electrified. The company, that runs, maintain and develop Britain’s rail tracks,...
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Network Rail and Thales parter on ‘Project of the Year’ for Intelligent Infrastructure Management - 28/08/13

Network Rail's Intelligent Infrastructure programme, which incorporates an Intelligent Infrastructure Management (IIM) system for remote conditioning monitoring from Thales UK, was last month recognised as Project of the Year in the Real IT Awards . The project was also selected as winner in the Innovation in Technology category. The IIM system allows Network Rail to reduce delays...
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High speed mobile broadband to be expanded and improved on Britain’s rail network

It's noticeable that many commuters these days make good use of their time on the train by interacting with digital devices - some working, many catching up with the previous night's TV. Continuing the trend of bashing away at the hardworking meme of the Conservative Party conferences yesterday, Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin announced a scheme "which will see the...
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Network Rail Technical Strategy - A future driven by innovation

On Friday (28 June 2013) Network Rail published its Technical Strategy  - detailing its views on R&D opportunities that arise from acheiving its Strategic Business Plan for the period 2014-2019 (CP5) published in January - that was, in turn, the network's response to the Government vision for Britain's railway, the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) , published...
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Did anyone from the UK bid on this?

Russian Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indonesian Government to build a railway line in the East Kalimantan province at a cost of around $2.4bn. Under the project, a 275km rail line will be laid to connect East and Central Kalimantan and will be initially used to transport 15 million tons of coal a year. The first phase will cover 183km...
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Rail Regulator finds Network Rail’s performance in 2012-13 showed continued growth and satisfaction but missed all of its targets for punctuality

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), in publishing its assessment of Network Rail’s performance in 2012-13 , highlighted the continued growth of Britain’s railways over the past year - as passenger journeys increased by 4%, the amount of freight carried on the railways rose by 3%, and its measure of passenger satisfaction reached a record-high level of 85%. Network...
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Network Rail Consulting and RSSB form partnership to pitch for overseas business

Network Rail Consulting (a subsidiary of Network Rail) and rail industry body RSSB announced yesterday a joint agreement to secure business overseas . The expected benefit for RSSB is new revenues to help support the capabilities and knowledge it provides for the industry, as well as developing opportunities for its staff. Welcoming the new partnership, Nigel Ash, managing...
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Only 2 weeks left to register your EOI for Digital Rail competition

Make sure that you make the most of the access to key stakeholders London Underground (LUL) and Network Rail (NR), to ensure your project proposal stands the best chance possible for selection for funding in the £5million Digital Railway competition . Register your interest in submitting a proposal now. The Transport KTN has been pivotal in enabling smaller organisations...
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UK rail network the fastest improving and growing according European Commission rail study report

Britain's railways are the most improved in Europe , according to a comparison study by the European Commission of the rail networks in all 27 EU countries. The report - a COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT: IMPACT ASSESSMENT on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 concerning the opening of the market for...
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Network Rail Challenges - webinar info available

Thank you to Kevin Blacktop at Network Rail, and our delegates for the webinar on Thursday - it certainly demonstrated the value of diversifying your asset base.....! An unscheduled and unexpected fire alarm at Network Rail headquarters in Milton Keynes came slap-bang in the middle of our broadcast, resulting in Rob, Tessa and our star performer Kevin Blacktop having to vacate the...
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London Underground and Network Rail outline key challenge areas

Ahead of the webinars on 14th and 15th March, Key Stakeholders London Underground and Network Rail have provided a short summary of some of the key challenge areas that they hope the Digital Railways competition will provide innovative solutions to. We have uploaded these to the document library, and you can download them from the links below. It is clear that there are very...
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SnowProtec brush system seeks consortia partners

Paul DuBay of SnowProtec Brush Systems is looking for collaboration patners in the uk for the upcoming Rail Collaborative R&D competition. Read his blog posts  to find out more about snow-free switches,  download the flier  and view the website for further details.
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Network Rail Initiative on Asset Related Data

A current Network Rail initiative may be of interest to you.    The...

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...

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...

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...