What are the industry priorities for rail research?

We have had a lot of feedback recently inviting some insight from industry into the research priorities and topics of great interest – RRUKA’s “Introducing the Rail Technical Strategy” event aims to provide you with just that.

This will be an informative briefing taking place on 14th January (10:00 – 13:15) at RSSB in London. If you can’t make it in person don’t worry: you can easily take part via Webinar and interact online with our speakers, or watch the recording after the event.


About the Rail Technical Strategy 

The new edition of the Rail Technical Strategy (RTS) will be launched in December 2012 and aims to inform the industry’s strategic planners and policy makers about the potential benefits of new technologies and techniques. It provides suppliers with guidance on the future technical direction of the industry. The RTS includes route maps for progressing towards the 30 year vision and addresses industry arrangements needed to deliver the cross-industry innovations. Its strategic objectives are the 4Cs: cost, capacity, customers and carbon.

Don’t miss out!
This is a chance for researchers from engineering, computer science, physics, modelling, chemistry, psychology, economics and business management, hospitality, sustainable development and transport planning disciplines to hear about the rail industry’s strategy to meet future technical needs and see how their research and ideas could be applied to the future railways.

Exciting line-up of speakers confirmed!

Steve Yianni, Chair of TSLG, and Technical Director of Network Rail will introduce the day, giving an overview of the RTS and providing a background to the document. Key experts will then take us through each of the six themes:

  • Control, command and communication: Francis How – Technical Director, Railway Industry Association
  • Energy: Mark Gaynor – Environmental Policy Advisor, Rail Strategy, DfT
  • Infrastructure: Andy Doherty – Director of Railway Systems Engineering, Network Rail
  • Rolling Stock: Jon Seddon – Director, Marketing and Strategy, Bombardier Transportation
  • Information: Simon Tonks – Head of IT, Porterbrook Leasing Company
  • Customer Experience: Louise Shaw – Head of Engineering, ATOC

and the common foundations suporting them:

  • Innovation: David Clarke – Director, Enabling Innovation Team
  • People: Gil Howarth – Chief Executive, NSARE
  • Whole-system approach: James Hardy – Head of Strategy Support, RSSB


Follow-on event: Academic response to the RTS
On 27 February 2013, it will then be the academic community’s turn to ‘respond’ to the research needs previously identified by the industry. We will have more information on this soon so watch this space – ‘The Academic Response to the RTS’


How to register
Registration for both events is now open – to find out more and register to attend please see the RTS events pages.


Railway research is in a very healthy position today. Industry has become increasingly interested in what universities can offer them and government has increased its funding for railway research and innovation projects. Come along and find out the opportunities to apply and direct your research.


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