Government and Industry Unite to launch Rail Innovation Exhibition

Updated: Feb 10


Innovate UK, KTN, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Railway Industry Association (RIA) are partnering to hold a four-day Rail Innovation Exhibition, showcasing the best in rail innovation.




The joint virtual exhibition will take place from 9-12 February 2021 is supported by Network Rail and the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN). It will bring together a fantastic line-up to showcase some of the most exciting innovations and projects the rail sector has to offer.

Across the four days, there will be sessions highlighting the winners of the DfT-funded ‘First of a Kind’ Rail Demonstration and Accelerating Innovation in Rail competitions, as well as several major announcements on projects and new research centres.

The exhibition will also feature RIA’s next Unlocking Innovation series - titled ‘Building Back Better’ - which will focus on how the industry can improve passenger experience and accessibility to accelerate the post-Coronavirus recovery. As part of the proceedings, RIA will be holding ‘problem solving’ roundtables to match problem owners with companies and organisations who can offer innovative solutions.

Attendees at the event will be able to visit digital stalls, hear presentations ranging from customer experience and accessibility to sustainable stations and rolling stock, and participate in conference themes. Companies will have the opportunity to have their own virtual exhibition stand, promoting their innovative product or service to an engaged audience.

Commenting on the launch Milda Manomaityte, Senior Policy and Technical Manager at RIA, said: “RIA’s Unlocking Innovation series is fundamentally about catalysing innovative thinking across the industry, so making it part of the Rail Innovation Exhibition is an exciting opportunity.

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