Futuristic designs for UK rail network unveiled

Ten teams from around the world have been shortlisted to compete for £750,000 of funding to develop futuristic designs for UK rail network.

Part of the Tomorrow’s Train Design Today project run by UK rail industry’s FutureRailway team in cooperation with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the competition seeks innovative design solutions to improve passenger trains across the UK.

Out of 48 submissions, a judging panel has chosen ten that will receive up to £75,000 each to further develop their projects to fight for the final £750,000 prize.

In early 2015, five winners will be selected to carry out more in depth development.

Among the ten finalists are eight designers from the UK, including Cambridgeshire-based 42 Technology, Coventry’s Automotive Trim Developments, Creactive Design from Warwick, Transport Design International from Worcestershire and London based companies Maynard Design, Priestman Goode and Seymour Powell. Only two foreign proposals made the shortlist – Japanese Nikken Sekkei, and German designer Andreas Vogler.

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