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Investment in new technologies and ideas for transport sector

Package of awards announced today for transport sector to make travelling safer, quicker and more reliable.

The government have announced a £2.5M package in new technologies and ideas, available for companies, individuals and academics, who can contribute to futureproofing the UK’s transport sector.

A total of 33 Transport Technology Research Innovation Grants (T-TRIG) worth a total of £833,000 are awarded to early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations, with a further round of competition for T-TRIG awards worth around £700,000 opening yesterday (6 December 2016).

The other grant includes a new Innovation Challenge Fund, worth approximately £1M, to encourage the development of technologies, methods or processes that could help tackle transport problems.

The schemes aim to develop technology in transport, by reducing barriers to innovation.

Transport Minister John Hayes said: “This government is committed to delivering a much better transport system, and innovation is a vital part of that.

“We are already making headway and expect to see more smart ideas and technologies coming from this funding.

“Through these schemes, small businesses and academics gain access to much needed financial support allowing them to explore new ideas and move innovations on to the next stage of development.”

Around £25,000 has been awarded to each winner of the July 2016 T-TRIG scheme, to produce innovative transport solutions which improve safety, improve customer experience, or increase efficiency.

Examples of winners from this round include:

The development of thermally conductive concrete slabs which allow train platforms to de-ice themselves, reducing accidents.

A smart country road reporting system, which uses sensors to collect real-time data to monitor the environment, road temperature and traffic flow.

A solar powered eBike charging solution to offer more sustainable travel choices.

The competition is opens to entrants from 12 December 2016.

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