About TRL Academy

The Academy is TRL’s innovation and development centre that delivers research programmes and projects underpinning our position as a leading transport research institute. The work of the Academy aims to increase our intellectual capital, skills and capabilities across science, engineering and research disciplines.

What we do and why

The Academy’s work is vital for the development of evidence-based solutions and new insights into the ever changing and demanding transport landscape. Our ability to generate and apply this knowledge not only helps to shape and define the future of transport, but also enables us to address and solve complex transport challenges for our clients.  

Rigorous data analytics, proven approaches and unrivalled market knowledge are some of the hallmarks of TRL’s work. The Academy supports innovation and refinement of our capabilities and drives continuous learning. It also plays a critical role in monitoring and managing TRL’s intellectual property as a vital repository of information in transport.  

Looking to the future of transport science

Through the Academy’s research programmes and projects we build knowledge and awareness in the transport and mobility market sectors. By understanding short, medium and long term developments across these sectors, the Academy can guide TRL’s training and recruitment policies, so we have the skills and capabilities needed to maintain our market leading position.

TRL’s Academy Director - Richard Cuerden share his thoughts on healthy mobility and the need for cleaner and safer transport solutions in the future.


The future of our UK infrastructure and how it will need be tailored to accommodate changes in transport.


A challenging approach

TRL’s Academy provides positive market disruption. Through the creation and delivery of high impact knowledge, innovation, insight and expertise, we challenge the norms and traditional practice of both the transport industry and research communities. 

Supporting excellence throughout TRL

Our people are critical to the process of discovery and innovation. Through the Academy we facilitate career progression for TRL employees by proactively encouraging inventive thinking and supporting their academic studies. Academy investment in our people means that our clients benefit from pioneering, industry-leading and evidence-based research.

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