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.

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Our research staff are creative and innovative practitioners who have wide industrial and research experience.

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Facilities and equipment

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) has invested heavily in its facilities and equipment and has just opened a new £4.5M laboratory.

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Centre for Innovation in Rail

Advancing technology and business process in the railway supply chain

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Research areas

The IRR is setup with three core teams handling a broad range of projects from long term fundamental research to short term industry problem-solving studies and applied industrial R&D.

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Research excellence

The IRR has built up over many years a strong reputation for excellent research and professional support to the railway industry

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Discover the various outputs of the Institute here

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

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External relationships

Members of the IRR have numerous external relationships and contribute to Industry standards through membership of various committees and working groups.

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Services to industry

The Institute of Railway Research provides a range of industrial R&D and consultancy services to the railway industry in the UK and worldwide

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

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Download our Manchester wheel-rail contact benchmark files here

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View upcoming and previous events hosted by the IRR

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Courses and research opportunities

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) can offer courses and various research opportunities to help you further your career in rail. 

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Find out about current career opportunities at the IRR.

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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

Dr 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