Railtex 2021

Joining forces to shape the future of UK rail

7 - 9 September 2021 | NEC, Birmingham

Infrarail 2021

Unlocking Innovation Zone

Unlocking Innovation logo

UI (Unlocking Innovation) is a RIA programme, supported by Network Rail and other stakeholders, including UKRRIN (UK Rail Research & Innovation Network of universities), to focus on new ideas and thinking that could benefit the railway, its passengers and the economy. The UI presentation programme will run each morning and afternoon throughout Railtex - covering:

  • High Level Challenges / Opportunities from UK rail clients
  • Near Term Challenges / Opportunities from Tier 1s and Tier 2s
  • Help with Funding and Partners to take your innovation to market
  • Elevator Pitches from a range of contributors, including SMEs and Start-ups – curated in collaboration with UKRRIN and other associations.

Conference Programme

Tuesday, 7th September 2021

11:00 am

Automation in Survey, Design and Testing of CCS Schemes

David Shipman, Innovations Engineering Manager, Signalling Innovations Group, Route Services, Network Rail

11:45 am

Future Railways Mobile Communications System

David Choda, Principal Telecommunications Engineer, Network Rail

12:30 pm

Noise Mitigation

Steve Barnes, Business Development Manager, Gramm Barriers

12:40 pm

Energy Harvesting Research Group

Prof Meiling Zhu, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Head of Energy Harvesting Research Group, University of Exeter

12:50 pm

Compact Precision Injectors for Testing and Calibrating DC Circuit Breakers

Christopher Langridge, Director, Riker Ltd

14:15 pm

Synthetic environments: supporting the whole lifecycle

Dr Heather Steele, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

15:00 pm

Innovation on Rail Baltica

Andy Billington, Innovation and Sustainability Specialist, Rail Baltica

Wednesday, 8th September 2021

10:45 am

Urban Very Light Rail; A solution for Coventry

Nicola Small, Senior Rail Programme Manager, Coventry City Council
Richard Jones, BCIMO, Coventry City Council

11:30 am

Bringing net zero to life

Lara Young Group Climate Change Director, Costain

12:15 pm

Station Equipment

Sam Saxelby & Chris Ford, Rail – Business Development, Johnson Controls

12:25 pm

Remote Condition Monitoring using Thermal Radiometry

Greg Howell, Director, Rail Innovations

12:35 pm


Tim Brown, Managing Director, GBR-Rail
Natalie Cartwright, R&D Market Research, GBR-Rail

14:15 pm

Digital Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Marc Fontaine, CEO, Indhu

15:00 pm

IMAGE - Innovative Composite Masts for Greener Electrification

Noel Dolphin, Head of UK Projects, Furrer+Frey

Thursday, 9th September 2021

10:45 am

Supporting SMEs to deliver new innovation to the rail industry - Unipart Rail working with UKRRIN and DIGI-RAIL

Nicola Kissaglis and Colin Smith McGloin, Product Manager, Unipart Rail

11:30 am

Addressing the Signalling Sustainability Challenge

Nicola Furness, Engineering Expert (Control Command and Signalling), Network Rail

12:15 pm

Testing Facilities

Richard Jones, Business & Partnerships Manager, Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation

12:25 pm

InDhu the Industrial Data Hub

Marc Fontaine CEO, Indhu

12:35 pm

Global Funding Opportunities for Rail Innovations

Kelvin Davies & Dan Piner, Innovation Leads Rail, Innovate UK