The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced a grant of £5,193,338 to a consortium led by Professor William Powrie at the University of Southampton, to carry out research into railway track for the future.
The research programme Track to the Future, or T2F, will begin on 1st June 2015. It aims to help infrastructure operators and owners develop low-maintenance, low-noise track to underpin the continued increase in train frequencies, speeds and operating hours.
The Universities of Southampton, Birmingham, Huddersfield and Nottingham have formed a consortium with world-leading expertise for this challenge. A comprehensive industry partnership led by Network Rail will steer the research and exploit the scientific discoveries.