Tomorrow's Train Design Today


The rail industry’s FutureRailway, in conjunction with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), invited architects, engineers and designers worldwide to propose new design solutions to improve passenger rolling stock across the UK rail network.

48 entries were received by the deadline and the Judging Panel met on 11 June to assess the designs. Interviews were subsequently held with a longlist of designers and following these a shortlist agreed by the Judging Panel.

Ten designs have now been identified and the teams selected in alphabetical order are:

  • 42 Technology, Cambridgeshire
  • Automotive Trim Developments Ltd, Coventry
  • Creactive Design, Warwick (with two designs shortlisted)
  • Maynard Design Limited, London
  • Nikken Sekkei, Japan
  • Priestman Goode, London
  • Seymour Powell, London
  • Transport Design International (TDI), Worcestershire
  • Andreas Vogler, Germany

The ten shortlisted designers will now receive up to £75,000 each to fund the next stage development of their scheme (subject to contract).

These developed schemes will be judged early in 2015 and up to five finalists then selected for more in depth development with funding available of up to £750,000 per scheme.

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About FutureRailway: FutureRailway is the delivery team working on behalf of the cross-industry Technical Strategy Leadership Group (TSLG) to implement the Rail Technical Strategy. FutureRailway is a collaboration between Network Rail and RSSB and incorporates the activities of the former Enabling Innovation Team, which was set up by the rail industry to accelerate the uptake of innovation. Our mission is to offer support to practical cross-industry demonstrator projects, but also seeking out innovative ideas and proposals from across the industry. Our approach is to: understand the challenges that industry faces; connect potential innovators with these challenges; and, where necessary with potential funding. The team is hosted by RSSB, and reports into TSLG, and is supported by the Rail Delivery Group, RSSB’s Board as well as the Department for Transport.

Posted on Monday 4th August 2014