Can computer hackers solve overcrowding and delays to the rail network?

Best hackers to present ideas to UK’s transport ministers

Steam train Waterloo London

“I hope this thing has WiFi”

A bunch of determined computer hackers and software developers are currently engaged in a national experiment aimed at solving overcrowding and delays to the UK’s creaking rail network.

Over 120 software developers, designers and entrepreneurs will board trains between London and York to take part in a 48-hour “hackathon” with the aim of finding new solutions to improve our trains.

Following the event, which is titled “HackTrain”, 10 teams of hackers will be shortlisted and will present their ideas to the UK’s rail minister and train operators next month.

The winners are to be chosen by a panel chaired by rail minister Claire Perry on December 2, and they will receive £25,000 in funding to help put their plans into action.

Minister for transport Andrew Jones said: “We are investing record amounts in our railway, both on upgrading the existing Victorian network, and building new state of the art railways like Crossrail and HS2. Rail passenger numbers have doubled in the last 20 years, which means an effective and efficient network is more important than ever. 

“I am delighted that some of the best technological minds are joining us to explore innovative ways to improve journeys for customers. The teams have been set some very real and important challenges, and I very much look forward to seeing what solutions they find.”

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