How we contribute to the industry's technical strategy for the railway

The first industry-led Rail Technical Strategy was published in December 2012. It described in detail how the railway of the future should look.

We set out our contribution to the RTS vision in June 2013 with the Network Rail technical strategy (PDF). Since then, we have contributed to significant developments achieved through industry collaboration.

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Industry's one R,D&T programme

Building on this progress, Network Rail has contributed to strengthened collaboration across the rail industry, establishing reformed leadership – the technical leadership group – under the combined auspices of the Rail Delivery Group and Rail Supply Group.

Under the technical leadership group, the RTS has been developed as a single plan – the RTS Capability Delivery Plan (PDF). This sets out the capabilities, and the R,D&T programmes required to progress these, that need to be developed to deliver the railway of the future.

A summary document, the Rail Technical Strategy Capability Delivery Plan (PDF) sets out the industry's vision of a modernised railway for the future. At it's core are twelve key industry capabilities vital to the development, deployment and delivery of the RTS vision.


You can find out more about our recent research, development and technology investments in section nine of our 2018 annual return. The solutions being developed through these investments, together with research, development and technology solutions promoted by the RSSB, are included in the RSSB Innovation Programme Solutions Catalogue (PDF).