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26.02.16

RSSB offer £4.5m funding for innovations to reduce track damage

A £4.5m competition has been launched by the RSSB to find innovations to reduce damage to tracks by rail vehicles.

RSSB, a not for profit organisation which aims to promote railway safety and performance, will offer up to £4.5m funding to winning suggestions for improvements to rail vehicles, which could reduce suspension and wheelset maintenance costs and enable vehicles to transition between main line and branch line running more easily.

It is hoped that the proposed innovations will decrease the cost of track repair and running gear maintenance, which can decrease vibrations and noise and help to improve comfort for passengers.

Neil Webster, RSSB Future Railway programme director, said: “The costs associated with repairing and maintaining track damage and vehicle running gear is a long standing challenge for the rail industry amounting to an estimated cost of £350m plus, per annum.

“Improving the technology not only opens up the opportunity for greater flexibility for the use of trains on both slow and fast lines but also help improve the levels of comfort experienced by passengers.”

The competition briefing can be viewed here.

A briefing event will be held in London on 24 March to provide organisations with the opportunity to discuss the competition scope in detail. To register interest in attending, click here.

Comments

Michael Still   28/02/2016 at 16:19

Congratulations for Mr Webster company not for profit. An American company I worked for broke even and was not allowed to make profit until it got purchased by a big enterprise. We was able to do many things for customers until up then. Then it became about profits and high prices. We need to make the track is this country with quality control and research & development department under our control. There are a lot of bends in our tracks which leads to rolling stock faults. I am sure other reasons. Best of luck.

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