Train manufacturer Stadler and Newcastle University have agreed to work together on a variety of projects, signing a ‘memorandum of understanding’ to endorse their partnership.
The two organisations’ have pledged to collaborate with each other on 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.
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, demonstrating its support of the regional economy, local jobs and the supply chain in Tyne and Wear.
Rob Baxter, managing director of Stadler Rail Service UK, commented: “Stadler 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 organisations.”
Dr Roberto Palacin, Reader in Transport Futures, Newcastle University, said: “I am delighted that our relationship with Stadler is formalised through this MoU 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.”