A £4.5m co-funded innovations competition has been launched by RSSB to decrease the cost of track repair and running gear maintenance, which can decrease vibrations and noise and help to improve comfort for passengers.
The costs associated with repairing and maintaining track damage and vehicle running gear is a long standing challenge for the rail industry amounting to an estimated cost of £350m plus, per annum.
This competition will make funding available for winners who propose innovations which make technical improvements to rail vehicles, reducing track damage, wheel and suspension maintenance costs, and increase the use of vehicles for both fast and slow lines.
Neil Webster, RSSB, Future Railway Programme Director commented:
“In addition to finding new solutions to the challenges faced by maintaining the track and the vehicle running gear, improving the technology opens up the opportunity for greater flexibility for the use of trains on both slow and fast lines and will also help improve the levels of comfort experienced by passengers.”
To find out more, read the competition brief and register your interest in this competition.