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RIBA opens ‘Tomorrow’s Train’ design contest

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The RIBA has launched an international ideas competition to design the train carriage of the future

The institute has called on architects, engineers and designers to enter two separate train design challenges which will run in tandem.

  • The ‘4C’s train challenge ‘ seeks long term proposals for new trains which significantly push the envelope of what can be delivered
  • The ‘Next-Gen Train interiors’ competition meanwhile focusses on rolling stock interiors which deliver flexibility and adaptability to meet different service requirements in the medium term

Up to 15 practices will be shortlisted and receive up to £75,000 each to fund the next stage of development of their scheme.  Five finalists will then be offered up to £750,000 to demonstrate the technical viability of their design.

John Hawkins of competition sponsor First Group said: ‘The design of rolling stock has a significant role to play in delivering the objectives of the GB railway of reducing costs and carbon emissions, whilst increasing capacity and delighting rail customers.  

He continued: ‘The Tomorrow’s Train Design Today competition offers a unique opportunity for the most creative minds to bring new design concepts and innovations to the railway and, through collaboration with the UK rolling stock supply chain, turn some of those ideas into reality.’

Backed by FutureRailway and the Department for Transport, the competition will follow the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) process. The project is also supported by train manufacturers Bombardier, Hitachi, and Siemens.

The deadline for entries is 15 May.







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