TRA VISIONS is a series of EU funded projects that aim to showcase European excellence and to increase the competitive advantage of the European Transport Industry by generating innovative concepts and solutions through a European Wide competition for young as well as senior researchers in the sectors of Road, Rail, Waterborne and Cross modal transport. The main objective is to offer out of the box concepts and ideas for the future of European surface transport and develop these ideas within an environment where purpose driven innovation is cultivated and performed in a risk-free environment. This grant is focused on designing, promoting and operating the student and researcher’s competitions. Newcastle University is leading all aspects related to rail.