The hydrogen-powered HydroFLEX train, developed by the University of Birmingham and Porterbrook, will help to decarbonise rail transportation.
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GTR and Porterbrook’s Project Aurora will see the fleet updated to include real-time passenger information, charging points and performance monitoring technology for improved reliability.
The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT), in partnership with Innovate UK, has awarded 25 pioneering projects a share of £9.4 million to fund innovative projects that will make railways cleaner, greener and more passenger-friendly.
The £400,000 grant will see the University of Birmingham and Porterbrook develop the detailed final production design and testing of the HydroFLEX hydrogen train.
The ETCS trial was able to go ahead despite the COVID-19 pandemic by utilising innovative temporary remote monitoring equipment.
Govia Thameslink Railway has re-branded three of its trains in new livery to pay homage to the 200,000 NHS and key workers that travel on its network each week.
Siemens Mobility, Bombardier and Porterbrook have come to an agreement on the best approach to introducing ETCS on existing Electrostar units.
Stephanie Klecha, Head of Digital Services at Porterbrook, speaks to our Editor, Craig Waters, with her views on making rail more attractive for passengers, data-sharing, the importance of empowering the workforce, and how industry collaboration is key to rail’s future success.
Plans announced by Transport for Wales (TfW) will ensure space for up to 6,500 more commuters a week from December 2019, plus the introduction of additional trains across the Wales and Borders rail network.
In a bid to develop decarbonised power solutions for the trains of the future, the University of Birmingham will use the leased rolling stock to research alternative power solutions.
The rolling stock leasing company has announced Helen Simpson and Chandra Morbey have been jointly appointed to the role of Innovation and Projects Director to further enhance Porterbrook’s ability to develop and deliver complex engineering projects.
HydroFLEX, the UK’s first hydrogen train, is to be tested on the mainline railway.
A partnership between Porterbrook, South Western Railway and Eminox Limited will trial emissions-reducing technology which could be rolled out to hundreds of diesel trains across the UK’s rail network.
This installation of ETCS will be the first time that digital signalling has been installed on an existing fleet of electric passenger trains.
Growth in online shopping has led shipping firms to explore rail for their logistics chain, however a lack of suitable trains has so far caused a delay.