Test Facilities Steering Group

    The Test Facilities Steering Group (TFSG) is charged with delivering the tools and processes associated with the physical testing and trialling (T&T) facilities needed for successful innovation.  


    The group reports to the Technical Leadership Group (TLG).

    Its scope and activities are defined in its remit and include:

    • Facilities for testing technology from Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1 through to 9 with a focus on the higher TRLs and consideration of Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRLs) and Industry Readiness Levels (IRLs).
    • Facilities in the UK, recognising that these may not have originally been set up specifically for railway use, and that the group needs to maintain an overview of worldwide facilities.
    • Physical testing and virtual testing (computational simulation).
    • Facilities that can be used for testing technology for use on Britain’s railways: high speed, conventional rail, freight, metro and light rail.
    • Whole system (including: rolling stock and infrastructure).
    • Facilities remote from the operational railway.

    Timescales aligned with the Rail Technical Strategy; now through to 2040.

    While TFSG maintains a watching brief on test facility development and the testing programmes that use them, it does not assume responsibility for either.

    Message from the chair

    TFSG provide advice and expert viewpoints to the rail industry, and particularly to the Technology Leadership Group and the Innovation Leadership Group.  TFSG maintains industry’s knowledge of over 40 testing, trialling and proving sites. Part of our role is to identify gaps in the current rail testing provision, and to work with DfT, BEIS, RSSB and other groups to plug those gaps.  TFSG is ultimately responsible to the Rail Delivery Group.


      The group's membership is made up of the following industry categories:

      • academia
      • Strategic Projects
      • Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
      • Rail Supply Group
      • Railway Industry Association
      • Test Facility Operator
      • Transport for London
      • Light Rail
      • passenger train operators
      • rolling stock owners and leasing companies
      • freight and other non-passenger train operators
      • infrastructure managers and owners
      • suppliers and rolling stock manufacturers
      • RSSB
      • Department for Transport (observer)
      • Office of Rail and Road (observer).
      Chair of committee: Robert Hopkin
      RSSB main representative:
      Other Members
      Other members
      Colin Robey
      Light Rail
      David Polhill
      Rail Delivery Group
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Peter Randall
      Department For Transport
      Richard Jones
      Railway Industry Association (RIA)
      Stephen Taylor
      Rail Wagon Association
      Private Wagon Federation
      Rakesh Gaur
      Transport For London (TFL)
      Infrastructure Manager
      Andrew Pestana
      Department For Transport
      Ivan Youd
      Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
      Stephen Foot
      London Underground Limited
      Train Operating Company
      Arthur Emyr
      Welsh Government
      Industry Association
      Amanda Mackie
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Les Bryant
      Davis Wagon Services Ltd
      Non Passenger Train Operator
      Robert Hopkin
      Paul Lansdell
      WMG (The University of Warwick)
      Light Rail
      Do you need to get in touch with this group?
      Contact our Industry Groups Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
      Roisin Mulvaney 2
      Roisin Mulvany
      Tel: 020 3142 5579
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