INTERNATIONAL: The Korea Railroad Research Institute and the UK’s Rail Safety & Standards Board signed a memorandum of understanding covering collaboration in railway safety research and development during InnoTrans.

KRRI and RSSB intend to co-operate on:

  • research and development of technology such as data-based safety management;
  • sharing experience and best practice on technical issues such as safety assessment methods, rail accident investigation, statistics and human or organisational factors;
  • safety enhancement initiatives, including research and studies on emerging safety issues identified by data analysis.

KRRI has been an RSSB Affiliate since October 2020, enabling it to benefit from access to R&D findings, toolkits, good practice and guidance despite not meeting the criteria for full membership.

‘Closer collaboration between RSSB and KRRI will ensure new technology and new thinking can be applied safely, driving further improvements in railway health, efficiency, sustainability, and performance’, said RSSB’s Chief Commercial Officer Paul McLaughlin.

KRRI President Dr Seok-youn Han said ’RSSB’s profound insight into railway safety and KRRI’s diverse research activities on various railway areas will create a safer railway for every stakeholder’.