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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

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The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

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Rail Innovation Team formed to nurture innovation in the rail industry

A new group is shortly to be launched to help kickstart innovative technology solutions for the rail industry.

The Technical Strategy Leadership Group (TSLG), an expert body supported by the railway industry group Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), has secured initial pilot funding of £16M from the Department for Transport, and hopes to leverage further funds, to support innovation in a sector at times considered reticent in adopting or developing  advanced technologies.

TSLG has selected David Clarke, currently Deputy Director Rail Technical, Department for Transport, also a member of the Transport KTN Steering Board, as Director of the new Rail Innovation Team.

The team will form its own identity and brand, separate from RSSB.


Thirty year challenge for the rail industry

Transforming the approach to innovation in the rail industry is one of five ‘game changers’ identified by TSLG for achieving its thirty year challenge to halve the cost of rail operations, double network capacity, halve the industry’s carbon footprint and Increase customer satisfaction.

Other ‘game changers’ identified include establishing of next generation traffic management, optimising energy strategy, system reliability and provision of smarter data and communications.


Bringing more than 25 years of rail sector experience 

On his appointment, David Clarke said, “I’m honoured and excited about this new role and the new team. Industry leaders have approved the management of the fund and the arrangements for the team, now my work begins to secure the right experts and secondments to deliver.”

Clarke’s background is as a chartered engineer, project manager and executive with more than 25 years rail sector experience. He has been responsible for large operational and project delivery teams, securing major contracts, corporate restructuring and innovation. Since joining DfT in 2008, David led the technical team that advises some of the largest Government funded projects. He is also responsible for technical strategy and led the 2009 work that put forward the case for further electrification of the rail network.

High on David’s ‘to do’ list when he gets his hands on the controls in late October will be developing the business plan. Recruitment for other members of the team is also underway. Details about the opportunities available will be announced on the TSLG’s Future Railway website.


Announcement welcomed by Transport KTN

Welcoming the announcement of the appointment and new funding, Neil Ridley, Director of Transport Knowledge Transfer Network, said, “I’m pleased to see this new funding in the rail industry, which clearly demonstrates the need and recognition that innovation will play a key role in the development of the future rail system. The team will also provide a focus and significant opportunity for new entrants to the sector to support the industry.”

“The rail industry is a key part of our strategy, and the opportunity presented by the new funding should help stimulate innovation in line with our aims of improving the integration, efficiency and sustainability of the transport system as a whole.”

“We’re also delighted that David Clarke, a member of the Transport KTN Steering Board, has been selected to lead the new team.”

Full announcement via Rail Safety and Standards Board Press Releases Page

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