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Newcastle U sings collaboration agreement with train maker Stadler


By David Schwartz
Published: November 30th, 2020

The UK’s Newcastle University and train manufacturer Stadler have finalized a memorandum of understanding cementing a deal to collaborate with each other on new train development, including the technology and knowledge needed for construction, as well as for maintenance at Newcastle’s Gosforth depot.

Joint projects will cover several areas, including research, education and innovation, with a likely focus on energy conservation at a systems level, condition monitoring, and driver-training. The agreement is for an initial period of five years.

The Swiss train-builder has a contract to build 42 new trains and to service and maintain them for 35 years, providing a boost to the region’s economy.

Rob Baxter, managing director of Stadler Rail Service UK, said the company “is very pleased to have signed this agreement with Newcastle University. Both our business and the university put a premium on research, education, innovation and enterprise, and I look forward to a successful partnership, which I am confident will enhance and enrich the two organizations.”

Dr. Roberto Palacin, head of Newcastle U’s Railway Systems Research Group, expects the school and Stadler “to closely collaborate in specific innovative projects related to the design, operation and maintenance to the new Metro fleet as well as enhancing our educational offer in engineering, providing a long-lasting positive impact to our city, region and beyond.”

Source: RailStaff

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