The new Rail Technical Strategy (RTS) focuses on five key priorities. These focus on making rail easy to use, lowering emissions, optimising train operations, improving reliability and ease of maintenance, and using date 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.

The new RTS has been developed by RSSB, Network Rail, and UKRRIN academic and industrial partners, with input from many cross-industry groups and individuals, and steer from the Technology Leadership Group. 

This RTS is live and digital. We’ll continue to lead, facilitate and support cross-industry initiatives to make it richer, by adding more case studies and updates on progress.  And we will ensure it both reflects our changing world, and supports long-term industry plans and strategies.

As with all strategies, the key challenge is to make progress towards delivery. 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 new RTS and let us know what you are working on.

Join a working group

We're establishing working groups to embed and monitor each of the RTS functional priorities. Each working group will engage with industry and cross-industry groups to track progress, and capture and share who is doing what. They will also host R&D co-ordination forums twice a year.

If you are interested in joining a working group or attending a forum, email

Watch a webinar

During late 2020 we held a series of webinars to discuss each of the RTS priorities in depth. Watch the recorded webinars now.

Tell us what you think

We want to hear from you – email