The University of Birmingham agrees to collaborate with the Global Center for Rail Excellence

The Center for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham and the Global Center for Rail Excellence (GCRE) have today [date] signed a partnership agreement on R&D and innovation activities at the Welsh test center site which is due to open in 2024.

The Global Center for Rail Excellence was set up by the Welsh Government to establish the facility, in Neath Port Talbot. It aims to provide a “one-stop shop” for rail innovation, from R&D, through testing and verification, to applied innovation on major passenger and freight rail systems.

BCRRE is Europe’s largest specialist railway research, education and innovation center and has been selected by the Welsh Government to lead the development of a Center of Excellence for railway testing and validation. This Center will adjoin the new 6.9km test track being constructed at the head of the Dulais and Tawe valleys.

The agreement was announced by Professor Clive Roberts (Director of BCRRE) and Simon Jones (CEO of the Global Center for Rail Excellence) at InnoTrans 2022, the leading international exhibition for transport technologies, which is held every two years. in Berlin.

We look forward to bringing together our industry links and railway expertise with those of the GCRE. Together, we will create a facility capable of delivering world-class innovation to the industry.

Professor Clive Roberts, Director of the Birmingham Center for Railway Research and Education

Working with several Welsh universities, including Cardiff and Swansea, BCRRE will establish an R&D center which will undertake industry-focused research and innovation activities. By settling on the site, BCRRE will be able to provide strategic and technical support to industry R&D activities taking place at the test center.

Professor Clive Roberts, Director of BCRRE, said: “Collaboration and partnership are key to the success of rail innovation and we look forward to bringing together our industry links and rail expertise with those of GCRE. Together, we will create a facility capable of delivering world-class innovation to the industry. »

Simon Jones, Chief Executive of GCRE, said: “Our partnership with the University of Birmingham, the large UKRRIN family and our local universities here in Wales means that GCRE and our customers will benefit from some of the leading research minds in the UK. Kingdom, and how their research and innovation is applied and validated. Having a large UKRRIN Testing and Validation team permanently based at GCRE immediately bolsters our credentials and is a strong indicator of how we want GCRE to develop for the benefit of the UK rail industry.

“BCRRE is at the heart of this partnership and will provide us with strategic and technical support as we focus on creating a flexible and open rail technology proving ground that helps accelerate innovation on the way to the net. zero, reducing costs through the application of innovation and improving customer services.

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