Data Sandbox+: New Opportunities for Industry and Innovators to Work Together

Making more value from data is a key enabler for better network performance.

The Data Sandbox+ research competition builds on the success of the original ‘Data Sandbox’ initiative that RSSB launched in 2017. This funded five feasibility studies on how data can be used in novel ways to support performance improvements.

Through the Data Sandbox+, we are making £650,000 available to fund demonstrator projects. These will either build on the work that has been already carried out, or be feasibility studies which propose new approaches and ideas.

Network Rail has additional funding available within the CP6 R&D portfolio, to support suitable projects up to £650,000, through the Data Sandbox+ competition.

Proposals for innovative data-driven solutions to the following key operational performance challenges are invited:

  • Predicting and minimising reactionary delays
  • Understanding train movements
  • Reducing dwell time variations
  • Management of disruptions
  • Better measuring and understanding performance and delays
  • Other challenges, as identified by relevant owners (such as Network Rail or passenger and freight operators)

Data Sandbox+ builds on the repository of data that was made available for the original competition and includes new and refreshed content from Network Rail, Rail Delivery Group, Transport Systems Catapult, and a variety of TOCs, the Met Office and others. If you are a passenger train or freight operator, or other organisation, and would like to get involved by sharing data samples to enhance the repository and supporting future research, please get in touch.

There will be two rounds of applications. The first opened in April and closed on 5 July 2019; the second round will open on 2 September and will close on 6 December 2019.

For more information about the competition visit the Data Sandbox+ hub or contact


Research competition: Data Sandbox+
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