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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.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from sustainability to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


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 Technical Strategy demonstrates the rail industry's commitment to innovation

The new edition of the Rail Technical Strategy was launched at the end of 2012, outlining the industry’s 30-year vision for the railway.

Academic response to the RTS - looking at how research can support this - will be invited and examined at an event run by RRUKA at BIS on 27th Feb.  Find out more here.

Enabling Innovation in the Rail Sector

The RTS is underpinned by the creation of the Enabling Innovation Team (EIT), which aims to accelerate the uptake of innovation in the rail industry. The mission of the EIT is to offer support to practical cross-industry demonstrator projects, building on the work of Transport Strategy Leadership Group (TSLG) but also seeking out innovative ideas and proposals from across the industry. 

Find out more about the EIT.

Rail Technical Strategy

View the RTS in easy bite-sized pieces here.

The Rail Technical Strategy (RTS), unveiled at the British Library in December, maps out opportunities to transform the network over the next 30 years.

Network Rail and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) have joined with the RSSB and the rest of the industry in the Technical Strategy Leadership Group (TSLG) in preparing a strategy to make the most of existing technologies and foster new ideas in areas which have the potential to transfer technology from other sectors to railway applications – including nanotechnology.

Steve Yianni, Network Rail’s technical director and the chair of the TSLG, said: “We cannot work on one part of the system without affecting another, so we know that our approach has to be holistic, from the way the track relates to the trains and the trains to the signalling.

“By working together as an industry we have already unlocked opportunities for innovation – and new funding – and the potential to develop more innovative approaches to running the railway has been recognised.”

Michael Roberts, ATOC Chief Executive, said: “The recent growth in passenger journeys and satisfaction heralds a bright future for rail. By harnessing technology, rail can go further in providing an attractive, affordable and green way to travel.

“The refreshed Rail Technical Strategy helps us do that by setting out a whole-industry view on the key technical opportunities and on the vital need to stimulate innovation in the railways.”

Examples of technology the Railway Technical Strategy (RTS) sees as having an impact include the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), an in-cab signalling system that Network Rail and ATOC are working together to deliver with RSSB and the rest of the industry as a whole.

Lineside signalling maintenance costs £100m a year and by enabling traffic management to move inside the trains, and reducing the number of control centres, a large cost saving can be made, while maintaining and improving upon safety and capacity.

Another key driver of greater efficiency and reliability identified by the RTS is preventative maintenance.

Network Rail has been developing automated methods of lineside inspection, including plain line pattern recognition, and has also been further developing remote asset monitoring. Similarly, around 40 % of trains run by operators in Great Britain are already equipped with diagnostic technology which allows the units to detect potential faults as they develop.

In terms of the customer experience, operators are already exploring ways that smart ticketing could offer more flexible fares and offer a better a deal for passengers and taxpayers.

Like other retailers, train companies are offering people new ways to buy tickets to reflect changing lifestyles and make the most of new technology. In the last five years, tickets sold via the internet have more than trebled, those bought at ticket machines have nearly doubled while those sold at ticket offices have declined by just over a third.

The RTS also calls for a greater spread of 25kv electrification – due in the next 10 years on the Midland main line and the Great Western main line – including bringing it to areas currently fitted with third rail electrification, to take advantage of greater transmission efficiency and provide enhanced capacity.

text courtesy of network rail media centre here

Network Rail press release

ATOC Press release

Rail Technology Magazine article




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I sometimes wonder about people,£ 30 bil HP2 rubbish it will be 130bil and still running wheels,. the rest of the world will be on monorail by then and traveling at 350 - 400 mph. Transfyler overhead offerred to KTN answer to futuristic now talking to Chinse, what a country we live in, wheel replace for HP2 Trains £500mil a year Dr B
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