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Helicopters now used to inspect south western rail network

An aerial survey of the south western rail network will be carried out every four weeks in a move to reduce the number of...

How wearable technology is starting to influence rail’s health and safety landscape

Oliver Marteaux, principal of horizon scanning at the RSSB, looks at wearable wellbeing.    RSSB, as part of the R&D cross-industry programme that it runs on...

TfL begins process to install automatic braking system on tram network

A new system that automatically applies the brakes should the speed limit be exceeded at high risk locations on London's Tramlink tram network could be...

RDG unveils plans for shake-up of train fares

Train tickets could be dramatically changed under plans for "root and branch" reforms unveiled by the trade body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Today's range...

Why aren’t more companies claiming R&D tax credits?

Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credits can be a real benefit for qualifying companies. First introduced by the Government in 2000, they have provided...

Rise of the Machines? Rail plant technology and the future of engineering works

Picture the railway of tomorrow and dozens of ideas and innovations come to mind: driverless trains, digital tickets, predictive maintenance, passenger crowd control technology and...

Age of the smart fleet

Whether you’re looking forward to sitting behind the controls of a driverless car or you’re less optimistic about the prospect, it seems certain that...

Network Rail route trials use of drones for large structure inspections

Network Rail's structures asset management team on the London North Eastern and East Midlands route is trialling the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)...

UK universities announce multi-million pound rail research partnership

The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) - a collaboration between the rail industry and eight universities - has been formally launched. Working in...

Meet the HS2 innovators who want to introduce non-rail sector ideas

Pizza boxes piled in a corner, eyes fixed to laptop screens and sugary foods scattered around the room. It might sound like a student’s...

Novel solution employed at Paddington station to tackle platform trip risk

Blue flashing lights have been installed on one of the platforms at London Paddington station to reduce the number of accidents caused by passengers...

4G mobile coverage on the London Underground from 2019

Transport for London (TfL) is to launch a tender for a service provider to deliver 4G mobile coverage on the Tube from 2019 next...

New 26-30 railcard pilot to begin next week

Greater Anglia will launch a pilot for the new railcard for 26-30 year-olds next week. Chancellor Philip Hammond recently confirmed the introduction of the new...

Trainline launches voice-activated rail app

Online train ticket retailer Trainline has launched a new mobile application that uses voice recognition technology. Built using the Google Assistant platform, the app allows...

Introducing the digital systems innovation centre for rail

The railways were considered a sunset industry by the late 20th century due to the rapid development of the automobile and airplane. How things have...

How Amey is using virtual reality to make its workforce safer

Amey’s innovation manager, Simon Grundy, explains how the company is using virtual reality to make its workforce safer In 2015-16, there were zero workforce fatalities...

Smart ticketing across rail network by end of 2018

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has said that passengers will be able to use smart ticketing across "almost all" of the network in England and...

ScotRail to install electric car chargers at 50 stations

The first of 50 electric car chargers have gone live at stations in Scotland. Electric vehicle registration is up 62 per cent on this time...