Month: April 2022

An Insight into the RIA Innovation Conference 2022

RIA Innovation Conference 2022

Earlier this week, this year’s RIA Innovation Conference was held in Nottingham, with the rail industry coming out in force for the hotly anticipated event.

After two years of online and hybrid events, it was a fantastic opportunity for 3Squared to meet with friends and colleagues from across the industry. Representing 3Squared at the event was Martin Gleadow, our Solution Architect, and a well-known face across the industry.


Read more on Martin’s takeaways from the event below and the insights he gleaned about the future of the Great British Railways, below:

“The theme of the event this year was “Preparing for Great British Railways”, and it was fantastic to see some high-profile speakers at the event really backing this message. First up on Tuesday was Keith Williams, co-author of last year’s Williams-Shapps report, talking about the progress made by the Great British Railways Transition Team and how the culture of the organisation will be built to be representative of society and to embrace change. Emphasis was put on a need for openness and collaboration, with Great British Railways taking an ‘open by default’ view to data.

“Wednesday’s keynote followed this up with Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail, talking about the importance of rail to the nation and the challenges of running a highly complex and highly visible system which delivers significant economic and social value, and how success comes from remembering this is why rail exists; to meet the needs of customers. Peter also talked about his time at Transport for London and how the innovation he saw happening with the data they made available really transformed his view of open data.

“Elsewhere there were representatives from across the industry sharing their experiences and innovation journeys, as well as opportunities for the supply chain and examples of successes. Stand outs for me were Toufic Machnouk talking about the East Coast Digital Programme implementing digital signalling on a key route in the UK, and Professor Sarah Sharples sharing views on her role as Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport and how she came to be working in rail.

“There were also workshop sessions both days, where on Tuesday I chose to attend an RSSB session on the Rail Technical Strategy and three of their current cohort of placement students ran through research they have undertaken into battery technology, sensors, and digital twins. The next day, I joined a Train Operating Company session, learning about how LNER and Transport for Wales approach innovation and use it to change behaviours and meet customer needs and desires.

“Outside of the formal sessions there was exhibition space and networking time, allowing me to see what a range of organisations have been up to and to catch up with people I have not seen for a while. All in all, it was a great couple of days and a valuable opportunity to meet up with representatives from across the rail industry to understand trends, challenges and opportunities and I would definitely recommend getting involved next year.”

If you would like to find out more information about how 3Squared could support you with your innovation needs, get in touch with a member of the team here or by emailing [email protected]

David Brown joins the Board of EPM Transport Solutions

David Brown, EPM

20 April 2022, EPM Transport Solutions announces David Brown has joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director.

With 40 years of his career spent working in the passenger transport sector, David brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to EPM Transport Solutions.  Most recently David was CEO at The Go-Ahead Group retiring in the Autumn of 2021 after 10 years leading the business.

As Non-Executive Director, David will be supporting the strategic development of the Group.  He will be working with the Executive Team to identify opportunities for new solutions to address emerging challenges across the Transport Sector.

Ian Churchill, Chief Executive at EPM Transport Solutions, said: “I am excited that David has agreed to join the team. With his wealth of experience of the passenger transport sector, he will be invaluable in developing our portfolio of businesses to achieve our growth plans. His passion for innovation and transport is a natural fit with our organisation and I look forward to working together.”

David Brown commented: “I am delighted to have joined EPM Transport Solutions at this exciting point in the development of the business. The Group has developed an extensive portfolio of solutions which underpin the delivery of transport services on a daily basis. I am looking forward to working with Ian and the team in the development of solutions to further assist the industry in the delivery of high quality services.’

3Squared selected for Transport Research Innovation Grants Programme

3Squared TRIG funding

We are pleased to announce that 3Squared has been selected for the Department for Transport’s (DfT) 2021 Transport Research Innovation Grants Programme.

These grants are designed to support feasibility and proof of concept projects that will foster innovation within the UK transport sector, generate growth in the transport sector and build links between policy teams in DfT and innovators.

James Fox, Commercial Director and Co-Founder at 3Squared, commented: “It is a real achievement for 3Squared to be selected for the prestigious TRIG grant. We live and breathe innovation and have done since our inception back in 2002. We look forward to unlocking future innovations to support the UK rail industry and its shift to a greener, digital railway, aided by the grant.”

For more information on the programme, please visit the website here.