Accelerating Innovation

Innovation is changing process, behaviours and environment to generate increased value compared to industry best practice. Through research, development and technology, we generate an improved capability to deliver better value for businesses and rail customers.

This workstream provides a long-term vision and action plan for developing and integrating new technologies into the railway. Aligned to the industry’s Rail Technical Strategy and Capability Delivery Plan (CDP), the workstream will increase the market attractiveness of rail to new and existing suppliers through initiatives designed to embed a culture of innovation in the industry, and improve testing, trialling and product acceptance.

Our ultimate aim is to create a sustainable rail industry and supply chain that offers better services, better journeys and better value to customers. In the shorter term the workstream is supporting the development of the twelve Key Capabilities within the CDP, focusing on the first milestones within the plan, which include: unlocking the potential of remote condition monitoring; increased use of automation; better integration with other transport modes, and technology transfer from adjacent sectors to increase capacity.

Workstream Lead

Graham Hopkins Group Director, Safety,
Technical and Engineering, Network Rail

For any questions about the work of this workstream, please get in touch using the details below.


Graham Hopkins

International Women’s Day Celebrated by Industry

March 16, 2018

International Women’s Day was marked by the rail industry with a number of events designed to celebrate and promote the invaluable work of women in our sector. See the below links for more information about the work of the RDG, Women in Rail and Network Rail to promote International Women’s Day.

Industry roundtable discussion with Trade and Export Promotion Minister

February 26, 2018

Last week, the Rail Supply Group (RSG) in partnership with the Railway Industry Association (RIA) hosted a special roundtable discussion with guest speaker Baroness Rona Fairhead, Minister for Trade and Export Promotion. The roundtable was hosted at Amey’s London offices and was attended by a number of the transport industry’s most influential figures who shared their […]

UK Rail sector launches ground-breaking partnership between industry and universities to deliver £92m Centres of Excellence

February 22, 2018

The UK rail sector has launched the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) a ground-breaking partnership between the rail industry and eight universities to deliver four world class Centres of Excellence covering rolling stock, infrastructure, digital systems and testing. UKRRIN gives the rail industry access to purpose-built world leading facilities and skills in a […]