Last update: 31 July 2012
The rail research programme aims to improve the evidence base for our immediate key rail policy objectives and to underpin our understanding of the perceptions of rail, the barriers to performance, risk aversion in the rail industry and modelling needs for rail's environmental impacts.
The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) manages research and development (R&D) on behalf of government and the railway industry, in support of short, medium and long term objectives. Funding for the research is provided by the Department for Transport. Further information on RSSB's research programmes are available on RSSB's website.
Research into rail economics covering economic modelling and methods, including research into how supply and demand relate to regulation.
Research into rail standards and international policy, including researching the implications of new international standards on the UK.
Research into rail statistics issues covering surveys, analytical approaches, statistical models and methods, relevant to DfT.
Research into rail technical issues covering engineering, physics, innovation strategy and environmental science, relevant to DfT.