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UK universities and industry secure major rail research partnership

​A partnership between the rail supply industry and eight British universities has secured £92 million to fund research aimed at establishing the UK as a world-leading centre of railway excellence.

The partnership (part of the new UK Railway Research and Innovation Network, UKRRIN) - has won £28 million funding from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) . The funding will be boosted by £64 million of support from 17 industrial partners including Alstom, Siemens and Bombardier Transportation.

The funding will be used to create three linked world-class centres of excellence, focussing on Digital Systems (of particular interest to the IRSE), Rolling Stock and Infrastructure. 

These centres of excellence, together with existing UK Rail Test Centres, form the core of UKRRIN, bringing together the UK rail supply industry and academia to undertake world-leading research and innovation in rail.  The UKRRIN will support delivery of the GB Rail Technical Strategy and is aligned with the aims of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.

For more information, see announcement by University of Birmingham, or visit the UKRRIN website. Or follow Twitter 

IRSE International Technical Committee

​The IRSE's International Technical Committee produces a wide range of papers on topical subjects for the world of railway train control, traffic management and communications.  For the first time we are making all the papers publicly available (including those very recently published, and you can find them at

IRSE ASPECT Conference will be in Singapore this year

​The IRSE's flagship ASPECT Conference, which features a host of papers and presentations relevant to train control and communications, will be taking place in Singapore this year, in late November.  If you want to keep in touch with thought leaders in these fields, then ASPECT is the Conference for you.

This year, for the first time ever, the Conference is open to non-members.  For all bookings, whether you are a member of the IRSE or not, go to the ASPECT page of the IRSE website via the "Events" tab).


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