What is Lab by Transport for Wales?

We deliver innovation across Transport for Wales Rail. Our 12-week accelerator programme has accelerated 13 start-ups into the rail industry. We help creative, ambitious start-ups pivot their existing solutions and ideas to improve customer experience and business efficiency across Transport for Wales Rail.

We collaborate with start-ups to tackle problem statements and challenge areas across TfWR. Our programme helps start-ups develop a fit for purpose MVP and get pitch ready in just 12 weeks.

Successful pitches will allow start-ups an opportunity to be awarded a contract of work with TfWR, allowing them to develop and launch their solution to market.

Our next cohort will be running remotely due to lockdown restrictions. However, our lab is based in Newport’s Platform building. This is a dedicated working space for all start-ups and partners of TfWL to use. Prior to lockdown, it is where all of our workshops, training and coaching took place. We can’t wait to be back!

Our Goals

Lab by Transport for Wales has been created, in partnership with Transport for Wales Rail, with following objectives;

Position Newport as a leading hub of innovation, product design and technology

Showcase the best of Welsh tech start-up talent
Help the most innovative tech start-ups grow their business and succeed
Improve physical and digital customer and passenger experience across Transport for Wales Rail
Ensure the highest standard of health and safety across Transport for Wales Rail for passengers & employees
Future-proof Transport for Wales by readying them for new and innovative technologies and solutions

Why has it been set up?

Transport for Wales Rail (TfWR) has set out to make rail an attractive industry for tech start-ups. Lab by Transport For Wales will offer a range of opportunities & benefits, along with making entry to the rail industry easier for start-ups.

Our innovation lab will change culture by transforming Newport into a hub of innovation, powering these initiatives and showcasing the tech community within Wales.

TfWR wants to provide the best experience for passengers. TfWR understand how critical it is for large corporates to innovate and adapt. To be reactive and proactive towards changes in consumer behaviour, and to over-deliver to provide exceptional customer experience.

TfWL aims to fill the gaps and to cultivate a culture of innovation across TfWR by seeking out the most creative & ambitious start-ups to showcase their work.

If you have an innovative solution, or idea, we’d love to hear it and see if you can help Transport for Wales Rail.

Cohort 3 problem statements

Click the problem areas to find out more about how this affects TfW

People Safety

Customer Support

Infrastructure

Sustainability

Game Changer

Our Team

Barry Lloyd

Michael Davies

Imran Anwar

Paul Suggitt

Adam Foster

Charlotte Rogers

Have an idea?

Along with our team, as part of the TfWL programme, successful applicants will have access to key stakeholders across Transport for Wales and their partners. If you have an innovative idea or product – we’d love to hear from you.