Winners announced in adhesion forecasting competition

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Winners have been announced by RSSB in its £300,000 Understanding Adhesion Forecasting competition.

The three feasibility studies funded through the competition look at novel ideas and innovative solutions that can help the rail industry improve its ability to predict and manage the problem of poor adhesion on the tracks.

Enhanced forecasting techniques are expected to improve the experience of customers - by helping to ensure there are fewer and less significant disruptions and cancellations - and reduce the potential for safety related incidents. More reliable and accurate forecasting will also help to reduce the costs associated with mitigating and managing poor adhesion.

Minimising service disruption and the ability to run trains closer together are two of the key capabilities derived from the Rail Technical Strategy that this competition – launched in June 2018 - seeks to address. 

Further information

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the Forecasting Adhesion projects or would like to propose a topic for a future research competition, get in touch with Giulia Lorenzini at or 020 3142 5434.

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