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HS2 signs R&D agreement with the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network

Sep 2020 | No Comment

As part of its innovation programme, HS2 Ltd has has signed a ground-breaking agreement with leading railway research centres in UK universities that will enable it to access world-leading research capabilities, knowledge and facilities.

The agreement with the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) will enable HS2 Ltd to be at the forefront of innovation in the rail sector, and help accelerate new technologies and products from research into market applications globally.

Alongside the “3’Cs” – increasing capacity on the rail network, offering greater connectivity around Britain, and creating a low carbon transport alternative – building HS2 will also show off the very best of British skills, innovation and engineering, and this partnership is a shining example of that.

The University of Birmingham will coordinate UKRRIN activities in support of HS2 Ltd under the agreement, and support R&D from across the three UKRRIN academic centres of excellence, including:

  • Digital Systems (led by the University of Birmingham)
  • Infrastructure (led by the University of Southampton)
  • Rolling Stock (led by the University of Huddersfield)

The first project under the new agreement will be led by the University of Birmingham and will use simulation models to improve understanding of the performance of expansion joints used on high-speed rails.

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