The Future Integrated Railway Think Tank (FIRTT) facilitates discussion among industry stakeholders to determine how Britain’s railways can harness digitisation to become more accessible, dependable, affordable and sustainable. The FIRTT aims to stimulate fresh thinking, drawing on ideas from ‘disruptive’ organisations and challenging entrenched perceptions. Run by the Rail Delivery Group, IRSE, WSP and KPMG, FIRTT sessions give guests the opportunity to share views in an open and informal round-table format, their ideas captured in comprehensive output papers for further discussion and development.
The output from each of our roundtables will be published here.
Accessibility - How do we make rail travel user- friendly, easy to undertake and an enjoyable experience for all passengers? To read the output from our workshop in November 2019, please click here.
Dependability - How can we make rail travel more reliable, so that a disrupted journey is a very rare event? This event was due to take place in March 2020 but has been postponed. More details will be announced when a rescheduled date has been arranged.
Affordability - How can we make the railway more viable in economic terms (for government and service providers), and be more affordable and offer better value for money for passengers?
Sustainability - How can we provide the same or better level of service while reducing adverse environmental impacts?
Freight Focus - The four workshops above are centred around passenger travel. We will also run one workshop focused exclusively on getting the freight perspective and learning about opportunities offered by the digital transformation of this sector.
Rail's role in an integrated system post-COVID-19 - National rail use has dropped significantly since lockdown started, but we cannot accurately predict how rail user habits and needs will change once the COVID-19 pandemic is over and restrictions are lifted. In a departure to the original schedule, a special interactive webinar for an invited audience will be held to add value by bringing its focus onto recovery planning during these extraordinary times. The output from this, and all other discussions will be published on this webpage.
Future Integrated Railway Think Tank