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The R&D portfolio is finding new and imaginative ways to deliver a better railway for passengers and freight. It will also receive further investment from sources including suppliers and central Government.
Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, is helping Network Rail deliver its R&D portfolio and broaden the range of companies that can get involved in expanding the rail network and respond to growing demand.
Several projects that will contribute to the R&D portfolio were recently awarded a share of £7.8 million government funding as part of the Department for Transport’s First of a Kind competition. A sign of the rail industry’s commitment to embracing innovation, the projects aim to strengthen the resilience of railway infrastructure and operations for passengers, enhance rail freight services and reduce environmental and noise impacts for lineside neighbours.
Speaking at Rail Live, Network Rail Chief Executive, Andrew Haines highlighted some of the projects Network Rail is involved with: “We are supporting a number of companies who are developing great new ideas to deliver a better service for passengers. For example, SpectRail is a low-cost intelligent infrastructure project to ‘listen’ to the railway and detect problems like wheel flats, cable theft and trespass before they delay passengers. And I’m looking forward to seeing the development of artificial intelligence-assisted lineside inspections to help us do a better and quicker job of reducing delays caused by falling leaves and trees.”
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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