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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.

First of a Kind: Rail Innovation Directory

First of a Kind (FOAK) is funded through the SBRI process to develop demonstrators of innovative solutions to rail challenges. Find out more about SBRI here.

 

This booklet is a showcase of projects funded through the First of a Kind and Accelerating Innovation in Rail competitions from 2017-2020, and aims to highlight innovative technologies which have been successfully demonstrated, for potential customers within the UK rail sector.

Click here to download the directory.

First of a Kind: video case studies

Focusing on ‘Passenger Experience’, ‘Safety and Performance’ and ‘Sustainability’ these videos are a spotlight on some of the companies funded by the SBRI First of a Kind rail innovation competitions.

Our Rail Expert

Daisy Chapman-Chamberlain

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Funding Opportunities

SBRI: Digital transformation of Hanoi Metro Line 5, Vietnam

Organisations can apply for a share of £300,000, inclusive of VAT, to deliver feasibility studies to support digital innovation for the Hanoi Metro System in Vietnam.

Opens: 13/09/2021 Closes: 13/10/2021

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SBRI: Global Rail Export Innovation for Australia, Canada and India

Organisations can apply for a share of £450,000, inclusive of VAT, to support innovation on overseas rail opportunities in Australia, Canada and India.

Opens: 13/09/2021 Closes: 13/10/2021

Explore Further
13th September

International Rail Competition Briefings

KTN will be hosting two briefing events for two separate competitions in international rail: an SBRI - Digital Transformation of Hanoi Metro Line 5, Vietnam (£300k) and an SBRI - Global Rail Export Innovation for Australia, Canada and India (£450k).

Register here

News

28.07.2021

Accessibility across all transport modes

The Department for Transport has announced a range of initiatives to support and enable confident travel for disabled people, linked to the National Disability Strategy. Disabled passengers will have better accessibility when using transport and a significant say in how they travel and how the future of transport is shaped.  The initiatives are welcomed by KTN’s Transport Team, who are acutely aware of the importance of accessibility across all modes of transport.

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04.08.2020

Transport funding round-up

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

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