NR R&D showcase at Modern Railways EXPO 2022

Network Rail’s Research & Development team is the latest to confirm its plans for Modern Railways EXPO 2022. The team will have a stand presence in the Network Rail Zone throughout the two-day show on 22-23 November at Milton Keynes, alongside members of the Commercial & Procurement, SPEED and Intelligent Infrastructure teams.

As well as the stand presence, the team will highlight some of their latest work in a dedicated conference session on Wednesday 23 November, starting at 12.15. This session will feature three presentations:
•    an overview of the Research, Development and Innovation portfolio from Senior Programme Manager Ali Smith;
•    a showcase of two Track, Maintenance and Plant projects – unattended measurement and the FELIX switch and crossing laser profiling trolley, from Programme Manager of Track, Maintenance Plant Tom Edge;
•    a showcase of two civils projects – automated tunnel examinations and hidden critical elements, from Project Manager Sophie Davies from the Civils and Sustainability programme.

Network Rail’s R&D portfolio brings together R&D activity in one place. The most pressing outcome from the Portfolio is to make the cost of running the railway more affordable, and NR has been awarded £245 million in Control Period 6 to de-risk technologies and to explore new ideas, products and services to benefit passengers and freight users. The team estimates its portfolio will return around £3 for every £1 spent.

Modern Railways Editor Philip Sherratt said: ‘The technologies being developed by Network Rail’s R&D team feature frequently at our annual Railway Innovation Awards, and it is great that we can further shine the spotlight on them at Modern Railways EXPO 2022. As we look to the future of Britain’s railway, the work of the R&D team will be invaluable to delivering a more affordable, better performing railway.’

Modern Railways EXPO 2022 takes place on 22-23 November at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. Visitor registration is free and is open now at