Research stories

Network Rail

Network Rail reveals Environmental Sustainability Strategy

23rd September 2020

Network Rail has published its Environment Sustainability Strategy about the steps to be taken over the next 30 years to see rail powering Britain’s green economic recovery.

Rail industry experts say clean rail must be the future of travel post pandemic

22nd September 2020

A new report from leading rail industry professionals makes the case for putting rail at the heart of a green post-pandemic economic recovery.

Network Rail

RAIB update on derailment and fire involving tanker train at Llangennech

21st September 2020

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has released more details into its investigation into the derailment and fire involving a tanker train at Llangennech last month.

Rail Delivery Group

Labour conference warned that Britain’s on the precipice of a car-led recovery

21st September 2020

Britain stands on the precipice of a car-led recovery from the COVID pandemic a senior rail executive has warned.

First of the Rail Automation Seminars on Thursday (September 17th)

16th September 2020

Four major professional engineering institutions (IRSE, The PWI, IMechE and IET) have joined forces to deliver perhaps the most comprehensive in-depth seminar on rail automation to be held to date.

The plans for rail to achieve net zero: Transport Decarbonisation Network Strategy revealed

11th September 2020

Network Rail has published its preliminary recommendations for decarbonising the rail network.

NOMAD

Do You Live in the UK’s Worst Connected City?

28th August 2020

The East Anglian City of Ely has been labelled the worst connected city in the UK according to a study by Nomad Digital.

Work is underway to make Scotland a world leader in creating net zero emissions railways

26th August 2020

Scottish Enterprise is behind a series of projects designed to find more environmentally friendly train and track solutions, as well as bringing jobs and inward investment to Scotland’s manufacturing and engineering sectors.

Willesden High Level Junction

RAIB releases report into freight train derailment at Willesden High Level Junction

26th August 2020

The RAIB has released its report into a freight train derailment at Willesden High Level Junction, north-west London, on 6 May 2019.

safety

RSSB research reveals rail still safer than road during Covid-19

21st August 2020

Passengers can be a lot more confident about travelling by train safely according to RSSB – with the risk of Covid-19 infection being less than 0.01% on an average journey.

Atkins

Infrastructure leaders predict digitally driven COVID recovery and return to a pre-crisis outlook within 18 months

20th August 2020

Atkins has shared the findings of its independent research which assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the UK infrastructure sector, measures confidence, and explores the roles of government and the private sector during recovery.

IRSE

Rail Automation Seminar

14th August 2020

Four major professional engineering institutions (IRSE, The PWI, IMechE and IET) have joined forces to deliver perhaps the most comprehensive in-depth seminar on rail automation to be held to date.

HS2

HS2 signs landmark R&D agreement with the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network

14th August 2020

As part of its innovation programme, HS2 Ltd has signed a ground-breaking agreement with leading railway research centres in UK universities that will enable it to access world-leading research capabilities, knowledge and facilities.

stations

Rail stations investment key to building back better after COVID-19

13th August 2020

Investing in rail stations can give a much needed boost to local economies and communities in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis, according to a new report which highlights the benefits of devolved authorities’ involvement in station transformation.

transport

West Coast Partnership welcomes aspirations for rail’s role in the North West

12th August 2020

Senior figures in the North of England and rail industry have championed the importance of partnership working as well as transport’s role at the heart of growth and recovery across the North.

Railway

Calls for Government to commit to decarbonising Britain’s railways by 2040

11th August 2020

The High Speed Rail Group has released a report calling on the Government to commit to decarbonising Britain’s railways by 2040 by making a ‘transformative investment’ in a national high speed rail network.

SS

Take part in rail’s first mental wellbeing survey conducted by RSSB

10th August 2020

The first of its kind survey is being conducted by RSSB to identify the scale of mental ill-health across the rail industry.

rail

New research into how to implement more flexible fares for rail passengers & train operators

10th August 2020

Dr Katharina Burger from the University of Bristol, with Raffaello Rossi from the University of Bristol and Elisa Becker from the University of Exeter, are collaborating with transport solutions company Esoterix, to interrogate rail travel data and make pricing recommendations to benefit both the train operators and rail travellers.

freight

RFG welcomes Scotland’s Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan

10th August 2020

Transport for Scotland has published its Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan.

Atkins

Atkins awarded Cost Efficient Electrification – Contact Wire Uplift contract by Network Rail

6th August 2020

Atkins – member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – has been appointed by Network Rail to analyse dynamic behaviours of overhead line equipment (OLE) and develop new OLE designs for future electrification schemes.