Today’s Research Hub announcement by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) has been welcomed by the rail sector as an exemplar of research collaboration between government, the tertiary sector and industry.

“The Research Hub is a much welcomed initiative for the rail industry. With NSW’s population growing by over 12 million by 2056, it is important that government’s collaborate with the tertiary sector and industry to address future transport solutions,” said Danny Broad, Chief Executive Officer, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA).

“We are on the cusp of an era that will see mobility revolutionised across the nation. Rail will play a significant, central role in this, relieving congestion, reducing harmful emissions and contributing to improved, safer connectivity in our cities and in our regions.

“TfNSW has created a hub which combines the research resources of various institutions to generate greater heft behind the implementation of innovative ideas in the transport sector.

“The Hub should help avoid unnecessary duplication of research effort and facilitate the coordination of research activities to drive a leading edge approach to mobility.

“The ARA congratulates TfNSW on this initiative and looks forward to working with the NSW Government and the tertiary sector to ensure the rail industry maximises outcomes under this initiative for the betterment of our customers.

“The Research Hub is an exemplar for other states to follow and the rail sector sees this as an initiative that could be cross-pollinated across all Australian jurisdictions,” concluded Danny Broad.