Technological advances mean future systems could break with convention

Innovative solution: visual of VLR vehicle outside the rebuilt Coventry station; both the VLR and station projects are being promoted by the city council.

Building something new from scratch provides an opportunity to adopt innovative technologies. There is no sense of being bound by the way things have always been done.

This was a a key theme of the Railway Industry Association’s latest Unlocking Innovation event. The Covid pandemic caused the event to move online, taking the form of a series of webinars with the theme ‘Digital Journeys – Unlocking Innovation for Rail Passengers and Freight’. The event had been due to take place in Leeds, so one of the webinars included a particular focus on developments in West Yorkshire.

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