The next generation of rail travel: cohort one


In 2020, we launched FutureLabs as our platform to accelerate innovation within LNER. At the time, the innovation challenges were focused on encouraging people to travel by train, enhancing the journey of every passenger and finding solutions that would enable us to operate more sustainably. 

Fast forward to today and we’ve now launched pilots with five innovative startups. The innovations range from installing ‘city trees’ in stations, to enabling customers to order food at their seat, to creating an integrated mobility experience that will offer a seamless door to door journey. 


LNER FutureLabs has been fantastic. We have been fully immersed in LNER’s business, learned what makes them tick, and built relationships that will last way beyond this programme.


~ Phil Kennerley, Sirenum (Cohort 2020)

Being part of LNER FutureLabs was a great experience. We worked with a team that was pulling in the same direction and inspired to deliver something innovative and disruptive. It was an absolute privilege! 

~ Daniel Rodgers, Qikserve (Cohort 2020)

Watch what of our alumnus has to say

about the programme