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LNER Votes for Circularity

Yesterday was the last day of LNER Future Labs 4.0. An innovation accelerator that saw 6 of the UK's best and brightest innovative startups demonstrate the future of rail.


Left to Right: Ross Welham (LNER), Ethar Alali (Automedi), Kailash Manohara Selvan (SpartialCortex) and Francis Walker (LNER) - Source: LNER

Automedi was honoured to have been selected as one of the 6 demonstrator startups showcasing the future of rail. A wide range of solutions from musculoskeletal disease prevention, to human fatigue management, to flood detection, asset management, multimodal travel intelligence and of course, our doughnut economy for plastics were demonstrated to the senior stakeholders of LNER, Northern Rail and Transpennine Express.


Automedi was crowned overall winner, with Spatial Cortex being crowned best collaborator. But all the cohort were exceptional in their own ways.


What next for rail?

Our report, which you can download, shows the sustainability potential of decentralised circular economies like Automedi in rail. We have identified a number of opportunities which show the problem with existing sustainability action at stations and showcases alternative strategies from Northern, LNER and other train operating companies that collect more, segregate more and save more. The next step for each of them is to embed circular microeconomies like ours into the rail network. Creating the commodity products and parts normally bought off the shelf but made from new plastics and transported thousands of miles. Last mile manufacture is the future here and is an essential part of delivering net zero station offerings.


Download the Report

If you are interested in reading the report, download it here.








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