New tech to tackle leaves on the line and de-ice platforms set to revolutionise British rail travel

Automatic de-icing concrete on platforms and a rapid seat reservation-swapping service could soon make journeys easier by banishing slippery surfaces in winter and guaranteeing passengers a seat, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced, following a national competition to make the railways cleaner, greener and more passenger-friendly. The Department for Transport, in partnership with Innovate UK, has awarded 25 pioneering projects a share of £9.4 million in the 2020 First of a Kind (FOAK) competition, which encourages innovation in the rail industry. Inventors have come forward with a host of…

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The Prince’s Trust partners with Innovate UK to launch #IdeasMeanBusiness

The Prince’s Trust has partnered with Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to not only find the next generation of UK innovators, but also provide them with much-needed support, advice and funding. As part of the #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign, the organisations want to support 18-30 year olds from a wide range of backgrounds, who are simply looking to take their ideas to the next level. The initiative will enable applicants to quickly receive advice, guidance and the chance to get access to funding to help to turn their ideas into reality. The very…

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