Network Rail has a significant research and development budget for Control Period 6 (2019-24). In the funding settlement for the five-year period, it has received £245 million; it is looking to bolster that with £112 million from third parties and is seeking partnerships from across the industry. At the heart of this is making best utilisation of the vast amounts of data available and of using robotics to automate tasks where it is safe and practical to do so. Andy Doherty, Chief Technology Officer, outlined to the Golden Whistles conference how some of this money is being spent with schemes in trial or going into first implementation.


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