DSC00042Our vision is for a railway track system that is efficient in terms of embodied carbon, materials use and cost; robust in requiring little maintenance; and unintrusive in producing little noise.

Realising this ambition will require a coordinated programme of research in which each research challenge informs and influences the work and direction of the others as work progresses, providing a dynamic and adaptive research culture. This will enable us to progress on several fronts in parallel, rather than by a series of consecutive research projects.

The team comprises world-leading engineers and scientists from different disciplines and universities, working together alongside key industry experts, to apply their collective expertise and insights.

Industry partners will help steer the investigation into the areas of greatest practical value, and will then provide routes for taking up the research findings into practice.