RSSB and the University of Birmingham are delighted to announce that they will jointly host the next edition of the World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) on behalf of the UK, 6 – 10 June 2022 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

Birmingham is the UK’s second city and has the youngest population of all UK cities. It is the key hub for the national rail network and the developing high-speed network; with New Street station, it has the busiest interchange station in the UK which sees a train leaving the station every 27 seconds. The city is undergoing major redevelopment work with the West Midlands receiving £778m for investment in the area in preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Bringing together industry leaders and researchers, WCRR is a forum for the global railway research community to share the latest research, innovations and solutions across different topics.  Held every three years in a different host nation, the congress carries a mission to promote the value and benefits of railway research, excellence in research and technology development, and worldwide collaboration and sharing of technical knowledge.

RSSB is a founding member of WCRR and has always embraced the opportunity each congress offers to share novel findings and solutions to challenges we all face with colleagues from across the globe.

Luisa Moisio, RSSB R&D Programme Director says, “With the level of activity and development of the British network underway in terms of infrastructure projects, R&D programmes and activities to meet key ambitious targets, our rail landscape is in the midst of an exciting and crucial shift, with innovation at its core. This is why RSSB and the University of Birmingham, with the backing of UK Government, the City of Birmingham and on behalf of the UK R&I community as a whole, will be welcoming the global rail community to the vibrant city of Birmingham for the 13th WCRR in 2022”.

Alex Burrows, Director at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) says, “we are delighted and honoured to be part of the UK team jointly hosting WCRR 2022. The UK has a rich history of railway development with some exciting new capabilities and projects in the pipeline, not least HS2. I look forward to seeing as many delegates as possible at what I know will be a memorable an historic congress”.

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About the University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions. Its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries.

BCRRE, is Europe’s largest academic-based group delivering railway science and education. With over 145 academics, researchers and professional support staff, BCRRE provides world class research and thought leadership within railways, and offers an expanding portfolio of high-quality education programmes, including Rail and Rail Systems Level 6 and 7 degree apprenticeships. In 2018 BCRRE became lead partner in the £92m UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and in 2019 it absorbed the activities of the Rail Alliance into its offering, increasing its breadth of support for innovation and growth in the rail industry. Contact BCRRE.

RSSB provides research, analysis, and insight to help the industry work together to deliver a better, safer railway. As a membership-based rail industry body, RSSB includes train and freight operating companies, infrastructure managers, contractors, rolling stock leasing companies and suppliers, and our work involves partnerships with academia and other railways across the world.