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Green Shoots and Grass Roots


Technical Seminar at Railtex/Infrarail 2021

Thursday 9 Sept 2021 – 10:30

Robert Hopkin, Head of Collaboration & Development, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education

The third day of Railtex/Infrarail 2021 commences with a presentation by Rob Hopkin of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) in the Rail Business Daily Seminar Theatre on

Green Shoots and Grass Roots

Robert Hopkin, BCRRE.

As the railway industry works together to come out of the pandemic safely, while at the same time embracing the content and the opportunities of the Williams-Shapps review, it is becoming increasingly important to find ways to add value to today’s and tomorrow’s railway. 

Innovation and the introduction of new suppliers, including those companies diversifying from other sectors, will help to meet these new technical challenges and contribute to a revitalised decarbonisation agenda.

In his presentation, Rob Hopkin will consider how the relationship between the University of Birmingham, BCRRE and the National College for Advanced Transportation and Infrastructure (NCATI) can work to develop the supply chain companies’ workforce and address training, education and skills shortages. Railway supply chain SMEs are working with BCRRE R&D experts to deliver unique and innovative solutions as part of the BCRRE’s ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Digi-Rail project (now in its third year).

Working closely with cluster partners on the European mainland, BCRRE can help innovative companies to increase their knowledge base and competitiveness to access markets outside of the traditional European client base. Rob will also update delegates on the United Kingdom Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), identified by the Williams-Shapps review identified as being essential accelerators, incubators, deliverers and collaborators for the much-needed modernising of the railway industry.

BCRRE has its own stand at Railtex/Infrarail – E10 in hall 12.


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