Rail Industry

Encompassing trains, stations, infrastructure, freight, commuters, social and leisure passengers, regulatory planning, franchises, industry partners, and services – the Rail sector is, by its very nature, broad and varied. Whether addressing technological change, carbon reduction, routes, safety, economic growth, or enhancing the customer experience – innovation in the Rail sector is truly multi-faceted, and IXC helps with every step of the journey.

IXC has global and extensive understanding of the rail industry, its complex systems and the challenges and barriers to progressing innovation. This expertise arises from IXC’s rail industry clients in the UK and overseas. This client base includes Network Rail, Bombardier, Thales, Halcrow Rail, The University of Birmingham Rail Research Group, Arup, United Rail, the Rail Strategy and Safety Board, the Enabling Innovation Team in rail (EIT), Department of Transport Victorian Government Australia, Nottingham University and Yarra Trams.

IXC’s core competencies in cross system thinking, working across organisational boundaries, brokering partnerships to align costs, benefits and time horizons, are ideally placed to provide innovation structure & leadership for the rail sector. Through a whole systems approach, IXC facilitates rail clients in taking advantage of technical and technological developments to find more innovative and cost-effective ways to increase capacity and improve performance.


“Technical innovation through applying new technologies or changing processes can enable the railway to deliver increased capacity at reduced costs.”
Tim O’Toole, Chair of the Rail Delivery Group