Who We Are

TRL is a global centre for innovation in transport and mobility. It provides world-leading research, technology and software solutions for surface transport modes and related markets engaged in intelligent, new mobility innovations.


Independent from government, industry and academia, TRL helps organisations create global transport systems that are safe, clean, affordable, liveable and efficient.

Established in 1933 within the British Government as the UK's Transport Research Laboratory, TRL was subsequently privatised in 1996. Today, TRL has more than 1,000 clients across 145 countries, driving positive societal and economic benefit worldwide.

Core areas of expertise include: infrastructure asset management & asset technologies; intelligent transport systems & traffic operations; sustainability & healthy mobility; vehicle safety engineering & technology research; major incident investigations; human factors safety & behavioural science.

TRL is strategically investing, producing disruptive research and delivering innovation linked to:

  • Connected & self-driving vehicles
  • Ultra-low emission technologies
  • Shared mobility services
  • Intelligent asset information
  • Big data, machine learning & artificial intelligence.

Head-quartered in the UK, nearly 1/3rd of TRL’s business is with overseas organisations. Its international focus covers Europe, India, Africa & Middle East, plus wider Commonwealth countries, supported by strategic collaborations in North America and Asia Pacific.

Transport Research Foundation (TRF)

TRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Transport Research Foundation (TRF), a non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee, and established for the impartial furtherance of transport and related research, consultancy, and expert advice.

The Transport Research Foundation (TRF) was created in 1996 to acquire the UK's national Transport Research Laboratory, TRL. TRF, a non-profit distributing company, uses the income from its investment in TRL to fund a programme of innovative research in the physical science aspects of transport and related disciplines, so as to complement the extensive customer-commissioned programmes of research conducted by TRL.

The group's principal activities continue to be the provision to customers of research and consultancy services in the field of transport and transport related issues.

Our vision and mission unite us and keep us focused on what matters. We have clear priorities and areas of expertise and a strategy that allows us to keep pace with the complex and evolving demands of markets all over the world.

Our vision

We are a world leader in creating the future of transport and mobility, using evidence-based solutions and innovative thinking.  Our vision and mission unite us and keep us focused on what matters. We have clear priorities and areas of expertise and a strategy that allows us to keep pace with the complex and evolving demands of markets all over the world.

Our mission

Our mission is to challenge and influence our chosen markets, driving sustained reductions (ultimately to zero) in:

  • Fatalities and serious injuries
  • Harmful emissions
  • Barriers to inclusive mobility
  • Unforeseen delays
  • Cost inefficiencies

enabling world-class transport and mobility solutions that underpin the needs of tomorrow’s economy and society.

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