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Rail

Rail is essential to the economic, social and environmental health and growth of the UK, supporting essential travel, commuters, social and leisure travel, healthcare journeys and travel for education purposes. The rail network is the UK’s travel backbone, connecting rural communities to urban areas and facilitating opportunities for all.

The UK rail industry contributes £36bn to the UK economy annually, directly employing 115,000 people and supporting another 250,000 through its supply chain. There were 1,718 billion journeys on the National Rail network in 2016, making it the fifth most used in the world.

As the sector continues to grow, passenger satisfaction, safety, capacity, efficiency, sustainability, digitisation and inclusion are crucial factors to ensuring a resilient rail network.

KTN’s rail team works with major stakeholders within rail to identify key industry challenges, then uses our wider network to connect solution holders (including SMEs, academics and other businesses) to industry to address these needs. We also provide support through events, guidance on grant applications and other networking opportunities.

Rail and Covid-19

Covid-19 has had a major impact on the UK and around the world. Within rail, this has created a number of challenges, and has significantly impacted the industry. UK companies have risen to meet these challenges, providing innovative products and services to tackle a range of needs.  KTN has worked with Innovate UK to promote some examples of how UK innovators can contribute to the rebuilding and growth of rail in UK and around the world.  You can download the PDF here.

 

The wider transport team works to connect innovations across transport modes, highlighting new opportunities, and projecting your insights in a crowded marketplace.

 

Our Rail Expert

Daisy Chapman-Chamberlain

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Funding Opportunities

SBRI Competition rail demonstrations: first of a kind 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9 million inclusive of VAT, to develop demonstrators that increase customers’ confidence and enhance experience, deliver a railway that is easy to use, offer low emissions and a greener railway.

Opens: 08/02/2021 Closes: 10/03/2021

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Innovate UK Smart Grants January 2021

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 21/01/2021 Closes: 26/05/2021

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9th February

Rail Innovation Exhibition 2021

A virtual showcase of the best in rail innovation in the UK. Featuring presentations ranging from customer experience and accessibility to sustainable stations and rolling stock and virtual exhibition stands.

Register here

News

04.08.2020

Transport funding round-up

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Transport sector. Last updated 10th Feb 2021.

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04.01.2021

Rail Innovation Exhibition 2021 - call for exhibitors

KTN, Innovate UK, the Department for Transport and the Railway Industry Association will jointly host a virtual Rail Innovation Exhibition from 9-12 February.  This is a call for exhibitors to express an interest in obtaining a virtual booth to showcase their products and services.

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