Train Operator Competition ’16 (TOC’16) Announced


Image courtesy of RSSB

The latest Train Operator Competition, TOC’16, has been announced by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Teams consisting of at least one train operating company and one supplier are invited to submit innovative proposals improving rail transport. The aim is to make rail travel more reliable, safe and efficient, while at the same time boosting the overall experience enjoyed by the customer. It offers a combined prize of £4million, with this total fund split between four to six rail consortia, each with successful project propositions.

“Following discussions across the industry we have found a number of common challenges facing train operators; the door-to-door journey of the customer, punctuality and reliability at stations, and disruption management are just a few and are additional to the industry-wide challenges of increasing capacity, safety and security,”

said Neil Webster, Innovations Programme Director at RSSB, adding:

“The TOC’16 competition has been designed to help operators and suppliers work closely to find solutions which will overcome specific challenges which can be implemented on the railway.”

RSSB TOC'16

Image Courtesy of RSSB

Train Operator Competition: Dates

Among other related collaboration events to be held this summer, a briefing and launch of the challenge is to take place on 19 May 2016 and a closing date of 16 September 2016. Registration for attending the briefing can be found here.

RSSB is a British, non-profit making company that helps to support and improve the rail industry in five mains areas: safety, customer experience, increasing capacity, reducing costs and reducing carbon.

The Train Operator Competition, TOC’16 is not to be confused with the 40th Terminal Operations Conference (TOC Europe 2016), a freight and shipping event to be held between 14–16 June 2016 in Hamburg.

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