The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) within the School of Computing and Engineering at The University of Huddersfield is a world leading centre in the field of railway engineering and risk.

Our research has helped to improve the knowledge of the way in which railway vehicles interact with the track including key performance aspects such as suspension performance, wheel-rail contact, traction and braking. In partnership with industry and academic partners, this work has led to a number of tools and techniques being developed which are now used to predict deterioration of railway wheels and rails, to optimise the vehicle track interface, to increase safety and reliability levels, reduce cost and improve performance of the railway system.

Education of the next generation of railway engineers is of vital importance and as well as supporting our PhD students the IRR plays its role by running summer schools in railway engineering and participating in national and international activities. In 2013 our students won the IMechE Railway Challenge competition.

Simon Iwnicki

UKRRIN (the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network) is a new initiative designed to create a powerful collaboration between academia and industry.

The IRR is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in railway research. Read our impact statement to learn more about what we do. 

Mission statement

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) aims to become a world leading centre of railway engineering research


Download our Manchester wheel-rail contact benchmark files here

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about our areas of expertise or wish to discuss research opportunities with the Institute of Railway Research then please contact us on the details below:

General enquiries

Institute of Railway Research
University of Huddersfield

Tel: +44 (0)1484 472030

Email: irr.info@hud.ac.uk

Director of the IRR

Prof Simon Iwnicki

Director of IRR

s.iwnicki@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473731

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Enquiries on research activities

Prof Paul Allen

Assistant Director - Principal Enterprise Fellow

p.d.allen@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473047

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Dr Yann Bezin

Head of Research - Principal Enterprise Fellow

y.bezin@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473732

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Enquiries on enterprise activities

Dr Adam Bevan

Head of Enterprise - Principal Enterprise Fellow

a.j.bevan@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473077

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Mr Julian Stow

Assistant Director - Principal Enterprise Fellow

j.m.stow@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473021

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Where to find us

For directions to the University campus see Campus maps and Directions

On Campus 

The Institute of Railway Research is located in corridor T5 of the Technology Building which is in the centre of the below map. 

Location map for the IRR