Rail innovations rewarded

Awards honour best industry developments

The 2015 Railway Industry Innovation Awards were handed out at a meeting of the Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square in London on Friday 26 June. The guest of honour and keynote speaker was Clare Moriarty, Director General of the Department for Transport’s Rail Executive, who spoke with passion about the need for the rail industry to continue to innovate so that it remains competitive with other modes. The full text of her speech is attached to this article.

Modern Railways Industry and Technology Editor Roger Ford presided over the awards, which were handed out in seven categories. The winners were:

  • Major Project: redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station, led by contractor NG Bailey, which has overcome a number of major operational challenges in the accomplishment of this important project;
  • Environmental award: a consortium of Atkins, Brecknell Willis and Cecence, which is exploring the use of advanced composite materials in overhead line equipment for light rail systems;
  • Engineering & Safety award: Rowe Hankins for its intelligent wheel flange lubrication, which offers reductions in noise, rolling contact fatigue and wheel wear;
  • Passenger Experience: c2c’s new live app, developed with IBM, which is the first from a UK rail company to include door-to-door journey planning and will soon enable customers to receive automatic refunds for delays;
  • Operations & Performance: Tracsis’s DayOne software application which aims to provide staff with real time, up-to-date information on train movements, delays and incidents;
  • Small scale project: Abellio Greater Anglia and Network Rail, whose joint working has resulted in ‘in service’ use of train coasting to reduce costs and disruption for customers and enables works to be completed more quickly; and
  • Cross industry project: the independently-powered electric multiple unit (IPEMU), a cross-industry collaboration between RSSB, Network Rail, Abellio Greater Anglia, Bombardier and the Department for Transport, which saw the concept of a battery powered train successfully trialled over a five-week period in passenger service.

Full details of the awards will be included in the August 2015 issue of Modern Railways.

Download: Clare Moriarty Speech

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