‘Data Sandbox’ £500,000 research competition now open

RSSB, via the Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA), is to invest up to £500,000 in academic-led feasibility studies to identify data driven solutions to key network performance challenges in the rail industry in order to increase reliability, capacity and maintainability of the railway system.

Please visit the Data Sandbox hub for more info and to join the discussion.


There is constant pressure on the railway industry to improve reliability and availability of the system, due to an increasing demand on services. With the Public Performance Measure (PPM) declining especially in the most congested areas, the industry needs to make best use of network capacity.

Getting more value from its data, is one way the industry could improve its service.  However, the multiple data sources and the volume of data collected is too unwieldy to yield any added benefit.

Proposals funded through this call will develop novel ideas and innovative solutions that can help the rail industry extract useful information from its network data and use it to improve service reliability and increase capacity.

Please visit the Data Sandbox webinar hub to:

  • access a wealth of information and relevant papers
  • download the competition briefing document
  • access a number of data samples in the ‘data sandbox’
  • view the launch event recordings
  • get in touch with other interested parties.
Feasibility studies proposals due 22 December 2017
Winning bids will be announced Feb 2018
Feasibility studies due to start March 2018
Project outcomes presentations at the RRUKA Annual Conference November 2019


Please find all relevant documents below:



An information and networking day was held on 31 October 2017 at CodeNode Skills Matter in London.

Over 100 academics and industry representatives gathered to present key networking challenges and discuss possible solutions. Eleven Train Operating Companies (TOCs), Angel Trains and Network Rail were involved and have expressed interest in collaborating with academia.

All the presentations from the launch event are available on SPARK.



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