Since the publication of the renewed Rail Technical Strategy, UKRRIN is looking to develop two new Centre of Excellence in:
- Inclusive Passenger Experience, covering topics such as inclusive design; passenger digital connectivity; future passenger preferences and demand and passenger performance metrics.
- Rail Economics, Policy and Operations, covering demand forecasting; cost modelling; pricing; regulatory policy & competition; investment appraisal & evaluation; and operations research.
The two new centres will join the current network of four Centres of Excellence already established, covering Digital Systems, Rolling Stock, Infrastructure and Testing. Academic institutions are being invited to put forward expressions of interest for establishing the Centres of Excellence, which would see them become part of a UK wide network of businesses and academia which are leading the way in delivering rail innovation.