Our research and development programme is delivered through the Shift2Rail and UK Delivery programmes

It is responsible for funding research technology projects from conception to the point where the technology can be rolled out onto the network infrastructure and maintained using the asset whole life cycle management process, meeting our key challenges as defined in the Network Rail technical strategy.

Hitachi IEP Class 800 and Bombardier S Stock in Asfordby sidings


Shift2Rail is a European technology, research and development collaboration programme. Network Rail is a founding member.

UK Delivery

The projects in this programme deliver the technologies to meet our key challenges.