Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership asks “How would you change rail travel in Britain?”
The Bishop Line CRP announced on 16th November 2017 that it was working with neighboring Tyne Valley CRP to sponsor a new category in the national TeenTech Awards.
Two North East based Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) have joined forces to encourage young people to think of innovative ideas to enhance and develop rail travel in Britain.
The Bishop Line CRP announced on 16th November 2017 that it was working with neighboring Tyne Valley CRP to sponsor a new category in the national TeenTech Awards. The new ‘Future of Rail’ category is aimed at challenging the nation’s youth to think of fresh and pioneering ideas to transform the rail transport sector.
Inspired by the recent partnership with Newcastle College Rail Academy, where students are offered tutoring and experience of a real rail environment to improve their career opportunities, the new partnership is aimed at showcasing the widespread and varied careers available across Britain’s rail industry. The railways are not just about driving trains – they cover many aspects of the engineering and the science sectors, developing groundbreaking and world-leading technological advancements. The new award category will demonstrate to school children and school leavers the many potential opportunities of a railway career.
Welcoming the new category, TeenTech CEO and former Tomorrows World reporter, Maggie Philbin OBE, said: “We are delighted to introduce this new category. The rail industry is an exciting place to work but so many opportunities are completely invisible not only to students but to their parents and teachers. By encouraging students to work on their own ideas we will open their eyes to the scale of the industry and their own potential to be part of it.
“Future of Rail will form one of 12 Innovation categories in the TeenTech Awards which enable students to develop ideas to make life better, simpler safer or more fun.”
Bishop Line CRP Officer, Robert Whitehouse, added: “We are delighted to be a partner in this national award. This category is aimed at encouraging students to explore new and innovative ideas to support the biggest growing sector in the UK. We are looking forward to supporting schools situated along the Bishop Line, which is the historic Stockton & Darlington Railway, so in effect were helping students to develop their own innovative futures from our historic past.”
The ‘Future of Rail’ category challenges students to address the growing demand for rail travel, today and in the future, where finite opportunities to expand the nation’s infrastructure will require new approaches. Can new technologies, equipment or energy sources offer faster journeys or more capacity? How can rail be made simpler and better, while remaining the safest form of mass-transit? What should be done to counter the increasing impact of weather, including extreme events such as flooding and storms, on the rail infrastructure? How can rail better connect our villages, towns and cities to support economies and grow social inclusion? These questions and more are included in the category criteria available on the TeenTech Awards website, where students can obtain advice on how to submit entries. http://www.teentech.com/teentech-awards/categories/11-16-age-group/the-future-of-rail/