RSSB’s Research and Innovation Quarterly Update highlights the benefits of recent research to the industry. Through this publication, RSSB shares new findings and solutions that could benefit your organisation. Each issue features the most exciting projects we are involved with and provides information about forthcoming events and webinars.

We invite you to participate with the research programme, whether that’s helping with trials, contributing your experiences, or sitting on a working group.

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In the current, August 2020 issue, we look at: 

  • The latest information and analysis on Covid-19 and the railway
  • How our research into seat comfort is influencing the design of new trains
  • Closing electrification gaps using DC third rail traction
  • Making the railway hydrogen-ready
  • Remote monitoring of switches and crossings.

Plus, much more.

Suggest research

The research programme is driven by the rail industry’s needs. We receive and review hundreds of ideas each year. New research ideas are always welcome. Contact us through our customer self-service portal and we will be in touch to discuss your research needs and ideas.

Request a knowledge search

Do you want to know if research has been done, or knowledge already exists? Our Knowledge Services include horizon scanning activities, support the R&D programme, and include knowledge searches for RSSB members.

Email us for further information.


SPARK is a knowledge hub with over 20,000 records where you can discover who is doing what in rail-related research and innovation. In SPARK you can find the Research and Solutions Catalogues that provides information on research and innovation managed by RSSB on behalf of the GB railway industry.