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The Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will close this month, and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is calling for new rail research funding to fill the void it will leave in the industry.
ARA Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Wilkie, said the CRC had delivered new technologies to support improved efficiency and safety across the rail network.
“The Rail Manufacturing CRC has worked alongside rail manufacturers and operators to deliver new technology and innovation that will make a real difference to the industry,” Ms Wilkie said.
“The CRC’s collaborative focus has delivered some great results and the team can be very proud of its record of achievement.
“New funding is now essential to keep the focus on technology and innovation in rail.”
The ARA has commissioned a technology research paper to identify future priorities for research and development in the industry.
Ms Wilkie said it was essential that the government, business and industry worked in partnership to continue to build the productivity and competitiveness of the rail network.
“Technology will play an increasing role in the rail industry and continued investment is essential to make sure Australia remains at the forefront of innovation,” Ms Wilkie said.
“It is more important than ever that this work continues as the industry prepares for new growth.”
The Rail Manufacturing CRC developed six new technologies that are likely to yield commercial returns.
This has included a new passenger information system being used at Sydney’s Wynyard Station and the development of prototypes for supercapacitor control systems and composite brake discs.
Other projects are delivering improved real time monitoring of trains in service as well as condition monitoring to reduce wear and tear and extend maintenance cycles.
To view the ARA’s technology research brief, click here.
This article first appeared on infrastructuremagazine.com.au
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