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Exciting developments in the TIC space!

The TSLG (Technical Strategy Leadership Group) has undertaken a significant study to examine the scope and benefits that a Transport Systems and Integration Technology and Innovation centre would deliver to the rail industry.

The key themes identified are;

  • System Optimisation and Operation,
  • Energy Strategy and Management,
  • End to End Journey, and
  • Modal Integration and convergence.

These align closely with the common technology challenges that cut right across the road, rail and marine sectors and were identified by the Transport KTN at the start of this year.

The TSLG view also aligns well with the KTN’s mission to support the development of integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems.

From an initial circulation and review with a number of key players in the road and marine sectors there is agreement that this is a valuable piece of work that can be further developed and broadened to encompass road and marine as well.

The Transport KTN will be working over the next few months to facilitate this activity in support of the drive to secure a Transport-related TIC.

The outputs from the TSLG work, including

  1. the in-depth report
  2. an executive summary and
  3. a summary outlining the key points of the proposal, covering: What innovation themes will the TIC address? How do the innovation themes fit with the wider transport world? How to the innovations align with other transport modes? What does the TIC do? What is the Business Model for the TIC? Where are the wider economic benefits of a TIC? Where should the TIC be located? 

can be downloaded from the Transport KTN's document library.



2 people have had something to say so far

Technology Strategy Leadership Group.....Technology Strategy Board...whatever next.....I thought the Government was going to reduce the number of quangos?
Posted on 13/09/11 13:55.
Thanks Tom for your comment. Please note that the TSLG is not a government quango. The Technical Strategy Leadership Group (TSLG – see www.futurerailway.org) is a cross- industry group focussing on the whole system, long term vision for the GB railway, and as such has provided valuable input into this TIC proposal. Membership of the group comprises: Network Rail, Train Operating Companies, Freight Operating Companies, Rolling Stock Owning Companies, Railway Industry Association (RIA), the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), RSSB, the Department for Transport (DfT), Transport Scotland, the Office of the Rail Regulation (ORR) and Rail Research UK–A, representing Universities in the UK.
Posted on 13/09/11 14:57 in reply to tom Marple.

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