A new ‘Rail Innovation Family’ has been formed after many of the UK’s major rail suppliers came together. The aim of the collective is to deliver a level of support that offers more and has a greater level of clarity for those suppliers who are seeking ways of introducing innovation into the rail industry.
The Digital Railway Conference, hosted by the University of Birmingham was the platform for the launch of the Rail Innovation Family. The aim is to offer a direct contribution when delivering enhanced value from the rail supply sector through new and exciting innovations.
The Managing Director of Birmingham Centre for Rail Research & Education (BCRRE) and Rail Alliance, Alex Burrows has commented that this collaboration is the next stage of the process and is a natural step for the Rail Alliance Community to take, as it forms an integral part of the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education.
Its aim is to provide specific support and help drive focus on turning innovative research into success at a commercial level, while also helping small and medium-sized businesses to grow via their innovation-based, community-orientated B2B activity.
The organisations that will be collaborating will include the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE), the Rail Alliance which is part of the BCRRE, the Rail Forum Midland (RFM) and the Railway Industry Association.
The group will work together to support the work that is done by the UK Rail Research & Innovation Networks (UKRRIN), which is a partnership between academia and the private sector that is designed to promote the introduction of innovation into the rail sector, this is a partnership worth £92 million.
The chair of UKRRIN, Jo Binstead has stated that this new collaboration has been welcomed with open arms and that the link between the key supply chain bodies, has the potential to streamline the landscape for innovators who are seeking ways to engage with academia as well as industrial partners within UKRRIN.