NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY and Stadler have signed a memorandum of understanding, formally agreeing to work together on a broad range of initiatives. The Swiss train-builder has a contract to build 42 new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro and to service and maintain them for 35 years; the company says it is keen to demonstrate its support of the regional economy, local jobs and the supply chain in Tyne and Wear.
The two organisations’ pledge to collaborate with each other relates to all aspects of the new trains programme, including the technology and knowledge required for their construction, as well as for maintaining them at Gosforth depot in Newcastle. Joint projects will cover several areas, incorporating research, education and innovation. Although the initiatives have not yet been confirmed, they are likely to cover energy conservation at a systems level, condition monitoring and driver training. The agreement is for five years, to be reviewed thereafter.
CUTTING EDGE STEEL
In another collaboration between industry and academia, Jingye Group subsidiary British Steel is set to harness a range of state-of-the-art equipment and world class metallurgy and mechanical engineering expertise at the University of Sheffield. The tie-up will help British Steel improve its rail testing – ensuring the very highest quality of steel is used to build rail infrastructures, saving money for the industry and reducing delays for passengers.