HS2 signs R&D contract with the UK rail research and innovation network

As part of the agreement, the University of Birmingham will coordinate with United Kingdom Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) activities in support of HS2. It will also support R&D from three UKRRIN academic centres of excellence.

HS2 signs R&D contract with the UK rail research and innovation network
HS2 signs R&D contract with the UK rail research and innovation network

HS2 signs R&D contract with the UK rail research and innovation network

As part of its innovation programme, HS2 Ltd 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. 

As part of the agreement, the University of Birmingham will coordinate with United Kingdom Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) activities in support of HS2. It will also support R&D from three UKRRIN academic centres of excellence.

HS2 will not only help with increasing capacity on the rail network, offering greater connectivity around Britain, and creating a low carbon transport alternative, but will also boast the very best of British skills, innovation and engineering, and this partnership may be a shining example of that.

According to a report by RailBusinessDaily, Howard Mitchell, the project’s head of innovation said that HS2 may be a major opportunity for British academia and UK plc to come together and meet the challenge of delivering what’s an enormous investment within the country’s future.

The programme’s scale and longevity creates the proper conditions to develop solutions for top Speed 2 and also the broader rail industry – both of which are vital in helping Britain to decarbonize. The first project under the new agreement is going to be led by the University of Birmingham and will use simulation models to enhance understanding of the performance of expansion joints used on high-speed rails.

Professor Clive Roberts, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), said that BCRRE works very closely with their industry partners to develop and deploy world-leading technologies onto the railway. High-speed rail may be a vital a part of the longer term of rail innovation within the UK and that they’re delighted to be joining forces with HS2 to play their part in that future.

Professor Stephen Jarvis, Head of the school of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, said that by supporting HS2’s research programme they will help accelerate advances. Through initiatives like this they will put the United Kingdom at the forefront of rail innovation and play their part in restoring the UK’s economy.