Repoint, a radical new track switch product funded by RSSB and developed by Loughborough University’s Control Systems Group, has won a prestigious IET Innovation Award in recognition of its potential to support increased levels of day-to-day rail traffic across the network.
The patented technology triumphed over a quality field of nominations including Cambridge University and Heathrow Airport, to win the Transport Category.
Repoint introduces the concept of using several actuators to operate the same points, meaning that in the event of a single failure the remaining actuators continue to function safely. With this additional redundancy built into each machine, rail traffic can still pass and remedial maintenance can be scheduled without causing immediate disruption to services.
The award follows the announcement in October that a consortium led by Ricardo Rail will develop the first full-scale Repoint for integration with London Underground infrastructure in early 2018.