A government-sponsored competition to encourage innovation in the rail industry opened on 17 March 2015.
Rail Minister Claire Perry launched an industry-wide competition to spur innovation among train operators to meet the challenges of growing demand for rail travel and drive up standards.
The Train Operator Competition (TOC’15) is funded with £6 million (EUR 8.3 million) from the Department for Transport and organised by FutureRailway, an expert body set up by the rail industry to accelerate research, development and innovation.
It is inviting proposals which train operators and their supply chains will fund, along with government financial support. These will be aimed at finding solutions that will address current and future challenges identified by the railway industry: enhancing customer experience, expanding capacity, reducing costs, and reducing carbon.
The competition is now officially open for applications. For more details visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/6m-rail-innovation-competition-open-for-bids