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Rail Alliance opens Buyer Community register to broker submissions for RSSB’s £4 million TOC-16 competition

The Rail Safety and Standards Board’s Train Operator Competition for 2016 , TOC-16, is currently open to the rail supply chain with train operators in order to support innovations addressing challenges faced by operators, such as door-to-door customer journeys; punctuality and reliability at stations; disruption management; as well as the industry-wide challenges of increasing capacity,...
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RRUKA Call for Research: Faster, Safer, Better Boarding and Alighting

RSSB (via Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA)) is making up to £500,000 available for academic-led feasibility studies to identify novel solutions that will reduce the risk of delays, and accidents occurring at the Platform Train Interface (PTI) when passengers are getting on or off a train. Designed to stimulate new academic thinking to this challenge, the competition seeks...
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RSSB opens £4.5 million Vehicle Dynamics Competition for innovations to address rolling contact fatigue

RSSB has opened for expressions of interest a £4.5m competition to address the estimated £350m annual cost of track and vehicle running gear damage caused by vibration, a long standing challenge for the rail industry.   Focused on vehicle based solutions According to RSSB, in FY2013/14 the Train Operating Companies (TOCs) paid Network Rail a total of £2.4bn in track...
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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...
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RSSB to promote rail as a test-bed for cross modal and other research opportunities within Horizon 2020

RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) and Future Railway (a collaboration between Network Rail and RSSB to support innovation in the delivery of the Rail Technical Strategy) have identified over 40 calls across four different ‘Societal’ or ‘industrial Leadership’ challenges in the European Commission’s recently published Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017 that present...
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Arriva UK Trains, Govia Thameslink Railway and First Great Western selected for RSSB’s Train Operator Competition 2015

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...
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Omnicom Engineering wins the 2015 RIA/Future Railway Innovation Award

Omnicom Engineering , the York-based rail systems company, announced it was awarded the 2015 Future Railway Innovation Award for its proposed RailNavigator product, a low cost advanced positioning system for rail . The award was made by RSSB and the Railway Industry Association (RIA), at its annual Technology & Innovation Conference held last month in Leamington Spa. As...
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RSSB announces funding for three academic research projects on new materials which aim to reduce the whole-life costs of railway assets

A panel of representatives from The Association of Train Operating Companies , Railway Industry Association and Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has selected three projects to be funded for research on the reduction of the costs of railway assets. The three projects cover drainage systems (University of Nottingham), a knowledge exchange on emerging materials (University of...
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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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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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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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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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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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New materials innovation call offering £2 million research funding to reduce whole-life costs of railway assets

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in collaboration with the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) , supported by Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a £2 million research fund to support cutting edge materials science innovation for a higher capacity, lower cost railway. Proposals are invited for establishing cross-disciplinary consortia to...
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Rail Operator Challenge Competition now open for innovation pilot projects

FutureRailway - a collaboration between Network Rail and the  Rail Safety and Standards Board - on 1 April launched a competition designed to help rail operators improve their business and service to customers . The Rail Operator Challenge Competition (ROCC) will invest up to £3.5m to help Rail Operators become more familiar with innovation processes and provide...
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£500,000 FuTRO Prize Launch

FuTRO & The Rail Technical Strategy The Rail Technical Strategy sets out a vision for a future railway of advanced traffic management ensuring that train position and speed management delivers a high capacity, on-time railway - not to the minute, but to a handful of seconds.  This will enable a timetable tailored to the needs of the customer, using tighter...
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EIT Rail Customer Experience Competition winners announced

The rail industry’s Enabling Innovation team held a Final Live Event last Tuesday, on London's South Bank, to announce winners of a £1 million prize-bearing competition for innovative solutions for passenger and freight customer experience in rail. The EIT is hosted by RSSB and is funded initially by a grant from DfT. The 2012/13 grant of £16.7m will be used...
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Survey of potential suppliers to a GB Train Location Service

Helios are working on an RSSB project to assess the feasibility of a Train Location Service (TLS) for the GB railways. The proposed service could ultimately provide a central system with knowledge of the location of all trains operating on the network. This system would combine location information generated by a variety of on-train and off-train sources (e.g. track circuits, balises,...
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University of Huddersfield and RSSB to set up partnership for rail research

Professor Simon Iwnicki (left) with RSSB's Colin Dennis
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Rail £1m call for KTP : Briefing webinars August and September

Modelling, Simulation and Synthetic Environments in Rail Targeted £1m Call for KTPs Webinar Briefing's August and September The Technology Strategy Board and the RSSB, the rail industry body for research and development are to invest up to £1m to establish new Knowledge Transfer...
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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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Transport Minister opens Institute of Railway Research

Transport Minister Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP last week visited the University of Huddersfield to launch The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) - a research unit to be active in the safety and environmental sustainability of the railways of the future.  The unit current has 16 researchers involved in a wide range of projects – in Britain and overseas – with...
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Rail Alliance opens Buyer Community register to broker submissions for RSSB’s £4 million TOC-16 competition

The Rail Safety and Standards Board’s Train Operator Competition for 2016 , TOC-16, is...

RRUKA Call for Research: Faster, Safer, Better Boarding and Alighting

RSSB (via Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA)) is making up to £500,000 available for...

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...

RSSB opens £4.5 million Vehicle Dynamics Competition for innovations to address rolling contact fatigue

RSSB has opened for expressions of interest a £4.5m competition to address the estimated...

RSSB to promote rail as a test-bed for cross modal and other research opportunities within Horizon 2020

RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) and Future Railway (a collaboration between Network...