Tomorrow’s Railway and Climate Change Adaptation Phase 2 (CON231)

Tomorrow’s Railway and Climate Change Adaptation is a project which will enhance and augment knowledge of climate change impacts on the GB railway. The work is funded by RSSB and Network Rail through the FutureRailway programme, as part of the undertaking, commissioning and managing of research and innovation programmes to provide knowledge for decision making now and for the future, and promoting step changes to deliver the Rail Technical Strategy.


Phase 1
ran from January 2013 to July 2014 and delivered a knowledge review, gap assessment and knowledge dissemination platform. This lay the foundations for prioritisation of further research as well as providing the railway industry with a body of collated research and information around the topic of climate change.

Phase 2 runs through to December 2015 and builds upon Phase 1, delivering a step change in our understanding of climate change, identifying potential cost-effective and timely actions, and outlining decision making tools that will aid climate change adaptation. The project will provide a range of research outcomes that can be undertaken in the short and medium term as well as influencing thinking as far out as 2100.

Phase 2 is being delivered by an Arup-led consortium which includes University of Birmingham, University College London, the Met Office, British Geological Survey, Transport Research Laboratory, JBA Consulting and CIRIA. The project is also tapping into the expertise of John Dora Consulting Limited. The consortium is working closely with RSSB, Network Rail, train operators and other railway organisations until December 2015.

Project status

The project will be consulting a variety of stakeholders and providing outputs to industry throughout.

For more information or to access the outputs please visit www.rssb.co.uk and search for TRaCCA or contact tracca@rssb.co.uk.