Rail Live – for the first time – will feature Light Rail as part of the event for 2017, showcasing new low cost, low impact light rail and tramway solutions.
The light Rail competition was launched by UK Tram in 2015 and RSSB to find new ideas within the industry that would make new and extended light rail schemes a more attractive proposition.
More than 40 expressions of interest were initially received, from which 15 entries were then awarded funding to look at the feasibility of their designs. This was then narrowed down to seven schemes with other ideas varying from track welding solutions to the design of overhead line equipment.
Geoff Inskip, Chair of UKTram, said at the time of the competition launch, “This is a really exciting time for light rail in the UK. We are seeing the expansion of several of our light rail systems and light rail is now carrying nearly a quarter of a billion passengers in the UK each year. These innovation projects will each improve the cost effectiveness of light rail and will assist in bringing it to more of our towns and cities. I look forward to seeing their development taken forward.”
Three variants of the trackway system are being constructed by the winning consortium companies – Pre Cast Advanced Track (PCAT), Integrated Modular Light Rail Rapid Construction System (TRL) and Ultralite Trak (EMTrack Alliance led by BWB Consulting). Two can be used for in-street or off-street applications with the third being a multimodal trackway for use by trams and rubber tyred vehicles on segregated sections of route.
One of the competition winners – EMTrack Alliance has already installed the first stage of the ultralite light rail and tram trackway with the rail sections next to be welded and then clipped in situ so that the final solution can be seen in its full glory at Rail Live on the 21st and 22nd June (www.raillive.events).
Colin Flack, Rail Alliance Chairman said, “We are extremely proud to be involved in this project and to be able to showcase innovation in Light Rail at Rail Live this year really does bring an added dimension to the show that will draw even more visitor to the event”.
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