The new Rail Technical Strategy (RTS) focuses on five key priorities:

  • making rail easy to use
  • lowering emissions
  • optimising train operations
  • improving reliability and ease of maintenance
  • using data to drive efficiency and technical progress

These priorities are vital to the railway’s long-term success, and they rely on new technical solutions. The RTS includes a route map for each priority, combining the long-term vision with the steps and achievements needed in the short term.

To achieve the short- and longer-term goals set out on the strategy, the whole industry and supply chain will need to continue to work together and challenge itself on the pace of progress. 

Get involved

Visit the website

Visit the interactive website at to explore the RTS and let us know what you are working on.

Join a working group

Working groups are monitoring each of the RTS functional priorities. They engage with industry and cross-industry groups to track progress, and capture and share who is doing what. If you are interested in joining a working group, email

R&D co-ordination forums

Co-ordinations forums are held for each RTS priority twice per year. Forums present innovative projects and initiatives within the priority area, and are a chance to discuss overall progress and share ideas. See upcoming events on the RTS website.

Tell us what you think

We want to hear from you – email