to the NEW ACRI newsletter.

We are pleased to present this new publication, including latest news and important events, to be distributed regularly.

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Light Rail Conference
March 2015

Higher Education Conference March 2015

Stephenson Conference
April 2015


Vicki Brown, Executive Director, Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation.
Picture this: a driver at night sees a single white light off to the right somewhere and thinks little of it.  Before long, however, the light is upon her.  Then there are flashing red lights and an air horn blares out of the dark.  It is all unfamiliar and confusing.  The road turns and it is only then that she realises that it is a level crossing and a 12,000 tonne train is bearing down.  Slamming on the brakes and in a screech of rubber, she stops, just in time.  She almost became one of the 40 or so people who die at level crossings in Australia each year.

New Zealand’s death rate is lower, even though only half of its level crossings have flashing lights.  Of course, our driver might have been driving a truck.  Truck crashes at level crossings in Australia have remained stubbornly constant over recent years.

These hypothetical incidents highlight – even if in a simplistic way – some of the difficulties confronting transport in Australia and New Zealand and pose many unanswered questions.

The recently formed Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation answers some of these questions.  Welcome to ACRI’s first newsletter.

Australia and New Zealand face many transport challenges.  A growing population means we must find better ways to move people within and between cities and to move freight between cities and to airports and ports for export or movement within the country.  A key and increasingly important element of this is rail. So it is good news for the sector to see ACRI up and running.

ARCI is a non-profit organisation governed by an independent board with representatives from industry and state governments.  It is chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson. Several universities and research organisations are strategic research participants with ACRI.

ACRI’s main objective is to provide professional, independent applied research, strategic analysis, advice and innovative solutions for the Australian and New Zealand rail industries.

To deliver this we have a lot of important work ahead.  Australian and New Zealand industry, consumers and travellers stand to gain enormously from research that will help produce a more efficient and effective transport system.

Read more  here...
ACRI Work Programs are now delivering
ACRI Work Programs have now commenced with three main areas of interest: Heavy Haul, Level Crossings and Passenger Rail.

Read more here...
Innovation & Rail Network Infrastructure – ACRI Report
John Anderson outlines the need for innovation in the rail industry and the importance of the work that ACRI is undertaking. Published in Track and Signal Spring 2014.

Prestigious award presented to Dr Anjum Naweed
ACRI Principal Researcher, Anjum Naweed, has earned the 'Alan Welford Award' for his paper investigating the skills of modern and traditional train driving.

ACRI Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee
The submission outlined how the ACRI model will contribute to innovation, economic progress, support Australia's research sector, and maximise return on investment.

USA Memorandum of Cooperation with Australia
The Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), of the United States of America have joined forces to advance safe, efficient and reliable rail operations.


Introducing Dr Gregoire Larue

Dr Gregoire Larue has joined the ACRI team and is working on various collaborative projects related to railway level crossings. Dr Larue has an educational background in engineering and mathematics having completed Masters Degrees in both areas. He has studied in France and Australia.

The Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) will undertake or facilitate targeted, applied research and strategic analysis to solve issues raised by rail industry participants or other entities, whether with a commercial or public policy interest in the rail sector or transport sector more broadly.

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