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Interested in Cybersecurity?

This Community Networking Event has been kindly supported and hosted by Airbus CyberSecurity. To book, please click here A Cyber Security and Information Assurance themed event hosted by Airbus CyberSecurity at their Newport location in Gwent, South Wales on 9 October 2019.  The event will include presentations from the UK rail industry from both client… Read more

Rail Innovation Family

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the Railway Industry Association and Rail Forum Midlands to form the Rail Sector Supply Organisations ‘Innovation Family’. Crucial to the delivery of the UK’s future railway, innovation takes many forms and is indeed healthily represented throughout the Rail Alliance community. With the scope of opportunities and channels… Read more

Destination Decarbonisation – bringing together the latest innovation and technology around decarbonisation on the railway

Rail Alliance and Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE) will be holding a specialist event focused on technologies designed to help decarbonise the railway – Destination Decarbonisation. The event will take place at Quinton Rail Technology Centre (QRTC) in Long Marston, Warwickshire on 17th September 2019 and will bring together leading companies and… Read more

The Rail Alliance launches new Composites Network

The Rail Alliance has long supported the Advanced Materials and Composites community and we have now taken a step forward in establishing our Composites Network for members of the Rail Alliance Community with a specific interest in this field. With renewed focus on efficiency and embedded value, the UK railway is in an unprecedented state… Read more

Abtus and BCRRE win Railway Industry Innovation Award

Researchers from the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) are part of a collaboration which has won an award at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards. BCRRE partnered with Abtus Ltd to research and create a new state-of-the-art railway track measuring device. The partnership won in the small-scale project category and the resulting product… Read more

Vivarail wins Rail Industry Innovation Awards Environment award for Class 230 battery train and fast charge system

Alice Gillman, Head of Marketing at Vivarail had to this to say about winning the award: “We are so proud and delighted to have won the Environment award for our Class 230 battery train and fast charge system. The awards are one of the industry’s top events and to be recognised by our peers for… Read more


TVS Supply Chain Solutions (TVS SCS) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by Network Rail for the Supply of Indirect Infrastructure Materials and Consumables. This 8 year contract, valued up to £300m will see TVS SCS supporting Network Rail to transform part of its Material & Logistics supply chain covering… Read more

Celebrations all round for the nominees and winners at this years’ Rail Live Network Rail Plant Awards

Organised by the Rail Alliance on behalf of Network Rail, this was an evening to celebrate the best in Rail Plant in recognition of the success and achievements of outstanding companies in the supply chain who have demonstrated excellence in the delivery of products and services to the industry. Our congratulations goes to all the… Read more

University of Birmingham wins First of a Kind funding for hydrogen-fuelled train

The first mainline testing of a hydrogen-fuelled train in the UK is one of two dozen successful projects being funded by the Department for Transport’s £7.8M First of a Kind (FOAK) competition. The HydroFLEX Project is a groundbreaking partnership between the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and railway rolling stock company, Porterbrook. Its… Read more

BCRRE announces new Industry Advisory Board

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham has welcomed the members of its new Industry Advisory Board (IAB). The Board will lend support to the Centre’s mission to educate new and experienced railway engineers and operators in the areas of Railway Systems Engineering and Railway Safety Management. The… Read more