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Train Operator Competition 2017

Train Operator Competition 2017

Train Operator Competition 2017

This week, innovation consultants IXC (InnovationXchange®) co-hosted an in-demand networking briefing for the rail industry, and potential collaborators. 

Train Operator Competition 2017


Innovation funding for rail

The event launched the rail industry body RSSB’s Train Operator Competition 2017 (TOC17) at iCentrum in Birmingham, UK- with a competition fund available of £3.25 million.  

The RSSB supports members and stakeholders in delivering safer, more efficient and sustainable rail systems. 

RSSB Rail Capability Delivery Plan 2017
Image: The Rail Capability Development Plan 2017, as summarised in this graphic, was discussed by Howard Farbrother, RSSB, at the event

Cross-sector collaboration

Supported, hosted and facilitated by IXC the event attracted 87 attendees from across the rail supply chain and adjacent industry sectors including:

  • automotive
  • aerospace
  • energy and
  • customer experience


Opportunities to innovate rail

Attendees were brought together to hear the competition briefing around three major themes:

  • Optimum Energy Use;
  • Minimal disruption to Train services, and;
  • Train Services timed to the second.


Companies heard from the competition sponsors and rail challenge problem owners from Network Rail, Alstom, BAE Systems, Virgin Trains and Porterbrook.

Attendees at Train Operator Competition 2017 

Image: Some of the rail stakeholders and innovators in attendance

The day included elevator pitches and case studies including Smart-Trains. 

Attendees had the opportunity to network and collaborate in the afternoon via IXC-facilitated break-out sessions around the key themes and sub-challenges.

IXC RSSB rail event iCentrum Birmingham

Image:Train Operator Competition 2017 at iCentrum Birmingham with RSSB and IXC

If you would like to find out more about the competition and receive an application pack, please register your interest.


For further information on how our innovation consultants can develop your innovation strategy and help you connect and collaborate, please contact our team on: 0121 250 5717 or email: connect@ixc-uk.com.


Train Operator Competition 2017

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