Applicants to a scheme dubbed ‘the train operators’ Dragons Den’ have only got until Sunday (16 June) to apply.

In April, LNER, Northern, Southeastern and TransPennine Express joined forces on the project – which is named Future Labs – to support innovation in the rail industry.

The four train operators announced they were looking for cutting-edge technology startups to apply with their ideas that would address common and emerging issues for the sector.

Successful applicants will gain access to industry data and resources as well as mentors and subject matter experts working for the train operators to bring their products and services to life.

They will be able to apply, test and demonstrate their ideas in real-world environments over a 12-week period.

For more information and details of how to apply, visit:

A spokesperson on behalf of the four train operators, said: “Future Labs is all about transforming the rail industry through open, pioneering and proven innovation.

“By giving technology startups access to live environments and expert mentorship they can test their proposed solutions in a real-world environment.

“Ultimately, this is all about advancing the passenger and employee experience as well as supporting performance and operational excellence.

“But interested parties will have to be quick. The application process closes on Sunday 16 June.”

LNER, Northern, Southeastern, and TransPennine Express are wholly owned subsidiaries of DfT OLR Holdings Limited (‘DOHL’), the Public Sector Owning Group.