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Research project

Railway Track for the 21st Century


Lead researcher

Professor William Powrie

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Research interests

  • Railway track and trackbed behaviour and performance.
  • Geotechnical transportation infrastructure (earthworks, retaining walls, tunnels).
  • Groundwater and groundwater control.
Other researchers

Professor John Preston

Professor in Rail Transport

Research interests

  • Demand, capacity and cost modelling for sustainable transport infrastructure.
  • The design, monitoring and evaluation of transport interventions designed to promote sustainable choices.
  • The determination of pathways for future mobility transitions to net zero carbon.

Professor David Thompson MA PhD CEng FIMechE FIOA FHEA


Research interests

  • Low noise design in railways
  • Ground vibration and ground-borne noise
  • Aerodynamic noise from high-speed trains

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Daniel Bull,
Gerrit Meijer,
Ian Sinclair,
Fabrice Pierron,
& Glyn Bengough
, 2022 , Proceedings of the Royal Society A , 478 (2257)
Type: article
Letisha Blackmore,
Christopher R.I. Clayton,
Jeffrey A. Priest,
& Louise Otter
, 2020 , G{\'e}otechnique , 70 (4) , 292--302
Type: article
Xianying Zhang,
Hongseok Jeong,
David Herron,
Chris Jones,
& Nicolas Vincent
, 2020 , Journal of Sound and Vibration , 468
Type: article
Xianying Zhang,
Hongseok Jeong,
, 2019 , Applied Acoustics , 151 , 193--205
Type: article
Anna Mamou,
Christopher Clayton,
& Jeff Priest
, 2019 , Transportation Geotechnics , 20 , 1--6
Type: article
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