IMechE - Very Light Rail and its Relevance to Low Cost Railways

29th April 2021 5:25 pm

Description: The presentation will introduce Very Light Rail as an approach to reducing the cost of rail-based public transport systems, with potential applications on branch lines of the national rail network, as well as in urban towns and cities across the UK. It will explain the novel ideas behind VLR and illustrate the progress that has been made on two existing VLR vehicle projects; Coventry VLR and Revolution VLR. It will also provide details on the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre, currently under construction in Dudley and which is aimed at developing the market for VLR solutions and corresponding manufacturing supply chain. About our speakers: Educated at Imperial College, London, subsequently qualifying as a Chartered Electrical Engineer. 25 years’ experience in the electronics and semiconductor manufacturing sectors working in design, product line and programme management, and finally as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Committed to achieving mutually acceptable solutions and long-term relationships with both customers and suppliers. Between 2005 and 2020 employed at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick, initially managing the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre and most recently as Senior Programme Manager in low carbon mobility at the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, with specific focus on the delivery of an advanced battery technology centre targeted at electric and hybrid lightweight vehicles ranging from cars, buses, and trucks to rail vehicles. Head of rail technology and central to the creation and growth of very light rail (VLR) solutions, most notably the Revolution VLR rail car, the Coventry VLR scheme, and the Very Light Rail innovation centre at Dudley. Appointed CEO of the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Centre (BCIMO) in August 2020, the legal entity for the VLR National Innovation Centre at Dudley.

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