Technology stories


Introducing St Pancras’ new cleaning robots

25th September 2020

St. Pancras International is the first train station in the world to launch state-of-the-art cleaning robots to help eradicate viruses throughout the station’s concourse and facilities.


Greener travel options for Haywards Heath thanks to a stations improvement programme from Govia Thameslink Railway

24th September 2020

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – the UK’s biggest rail franchise – has welcomed Mims Davies, Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex, to the newly opened EV charging hub at Haywards Heath station to encourage people back to rail with a greener way to travel to the station.


Digital-first Contractor Winvic set to Develop AI Enabled Software to Send Personal Site Risk Alerts to Team

22nd September 2020

Winvic Construction Ltd, a leading main contractor that specialises in the design and delivery of multi-sector construction and civil engineering projects, is working on a second Innovate UK funded project, which aims to keep site staff even safer; the three organisations involved will together leverage the latest real-time image and machine learning technologies to detect, recognise and track hazards on a construction site, which will then alert nearby operatives via IoT enabled, GPS devices.

New features confirmed for highly anticipated rail industry showcase Railtex/Infrarail 2021

21st September 2020

Despite the extraordinary and challenging circumstances the rail industry is currently operating in, response to the first ever co-located Railtex/Infrarail 2021 event has been excellent.

Riding Sunbeams

Solar trains pioneer receives its first commercial funding

18th September 2020

World-leading solar rail pioneer Riding Sunbeams has secured its first commercial funding from Thrive Renewables and Friends Provident Foundation, in exchange for a minority shareholding in the business and an active role in governance.

One Big Circle

Bristol firm partners with National Manufacturing Centre on innovative railway security project

17th September 2020

A fast-growing Bristol firm which specialises in Intelligent Video has partnered with the pioneering Manufacturing Technology Centre near Coventry to develop a safety system which can spot anti-social behaviour or emergency incidents on station platforms.

Scottish Enterprise

Greener train project moves to next phase

15th September 2020

Scotland’s greener railway ambitions are powering ahead with the next stage of a hydrogen train demonstration project getting underway.


Talented transport tech start-ups to receive funding boost of over £1 million

14th September 2020

Innovative transport start-ups with a focus on decarbonisation or COVID-19 recovery can bid for a share of over £1 million (£1,010,000) in Department for Transport funding.

HS2 Ltd

HS2 trials Artificial Intelligence solution to cut carbon emissions

14th September 2020

As part of HS2’s plans to reduce its carbon footprint, a new carbon and cost estimating solution powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being trialled on a number of HS2 sites managed by the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture.


Five UK-based cutting-edge tech firms announced as first to join HS2 Innovation Accelerator initiative

11th September 2020

The company behind Britain’s new high speed rail network has announced the first five cutting-edge tech firms that will join HS2 Ltd’s Innovation Accelerator programme.


Metamorphosis: a design vision for future metro travel post-Covid

10th September 2020

International design company, tangerine, unveils a design concept for a new type of metro train that offers opportunities to increase capacity in the rail network and grow passenger numbers in a post Covid world, by improving confidence in the provision of hygienic and safe metro travel.

10 research projects selected to help improve transport in low-income countries

9th September 2020

The High Volume Transport Programme (HVT) has revealed that 10 research projects have been commissioned following the recent Open Call for co-created research.

Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway opens largest electric vehicle charging hub in rail and announces thousands of station improvements

9th September 2020

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has welcomed Secretary of State Grant Shapps to open rail’s largest dedicated EV charging hub at Hatfield station, which features a total of 27 charging points.

CoCatalyst Ltd

An end to ‘leaves on the line’ may be in sight

2nd September 2020

A solution to the perennial rail problem of ‘leaves on the line’ is one step closer today after successful trials of a new train braking technology.

Avanti West Coast

“At-Seat Order” catering service introduced by Avanti West Coast

1st September 2020

Avanti West Coast customers are set to benefit from a new service where they can have food and drink delivered to their seat.

Electronic scarecrow used to keep trains on time for passengers in Manchester

28th August 2020

A solar-powered scarecrow that mimics the calls of a hawk is being used to ward off birds causing delays to passengers travelling between Manchester and London Euston.


South Western Railway launches Apple Pay on its app and website

28th August 2020

South Western Railway has become one of the first UK train operators to launch Apple Pay on its app and website making it even easier for customers to buy their tickets online.

Pioneering transport accessibility app to be piloted in the Highlands and Islands

27th August 2020

The Highlands and Islands are to lead the way in trialling a new app which will make it easier for residents and tourists to access the information they need to make greater use of public transport and car sharing and to decide when cycling is an option.

Cardiff Central

Innovation lab fires up best of new technology to help Transport for Wales improve customer experience

26th August 2020

Transport for Wales has launched the second phase of its innovation and accelerator programme working with some of the best start up innovation businesses around to deliver real customer benefits.

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.