All aboard! Birmingham wins railway research congress

The World Congress on Railway Research 2022 is steaming into Birmingham next year.

Held every three years, the WCRR is a forum for the global railway research community that will bring together researchers and railway professionals to share research, innovations, and solutions across different topics. 2022 will mark the first time the congress has been held in the UK.

Within the next three months, the Government is expected to publish its Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North, which is anticipated to include electrification of transport networks, something the congress will address.

The UK’s commitment to improve and grow railway networks helped to win the bid to host WCRR. Birmingham’s New Street Station is also the busiest interchange station in the UK.

New Street Station

“With the level of activity and development of the British network underway in terms of infrastructure projects, research and development programmes and activities to meet key ambitious targets, our rail landscape is in the midst of an exciting and crucial shift, with innovation at its core,” said Luisa Moisio, Rail Safety and Standards Board R&D programme director.

“Increasing research quality and speed, putting findings quickly into action and fostering international co-operation to work together on the common challenges faced by the railways will be key to our ability to attract customers back, deliver great value for money and lead on transport sustainability.”

The successful bid win was backed by the Rail Safety and Standards Board, a founding member of WCRR, the University of Birmingham, the UK Government and the City of Birmingham.

Alex Burrows, director at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) said: “We are delighted and honoured to be part of the UK team jointly hosting WCRR 2022. The UK has a rich history of railway development with some exciting new capabilities and projects in the pipeline, not least HS2. I look forward to seeing as many delegates as possible at what I know will be a memorable and historic congress.”

The event will take place at ICC Birmingham from 6-10 June.

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