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Arup & Rail Alliance Member, Mabey, Deliver First Rapid Assembly, Polymer, Modular Bridge

Arup and Mabey Deliver First Rapid Assembly, Polymer, Modular Bridge. The world’s first modular glass-fibre, reinforced polymer bridge has been launched by Arup with Mabey becoming the first licensed distribution partner. The post-tensioned bridge is designed to be assembled in hard to reach sites where large cranes or heavy machinery cannot be used. Part-funded by… Read more


Rail Alliance Member, Chrysalis Rail – “The Changing Face of Chrysalis Rail”

Rail Alliance member, Chrysalis Rail Services Ltd. based at Long Marston Quinton Rail Technology Centre (QRTC) has re-branded the business and created a new company logo. This has been rolled out across both the Chrysalis Rail and Fabrication divisions, changing the look of the Chrysalis Rail website, social media platforms and print literature. Chrysalis’ Managing Director,… Read more


Rail Alliance Member – Lightweight Composite Innovation Consultancy & Component Manufacturer Cecence – secures £500k investment for rail expansion

Funding will allow the firm to double its workforce in 2018.  Finance provided will enable aerospace, marine and motorsport composite specialists Cecence to enable cross over technology to be applied to the rail industry Hampshire-based composite innovators and manufacturer Cecence has secured a £500k investment from Finance Birmingham’s national Rail Supply Growth Fund. The funding… Read more


Rail Alliance to Chair Composites in Rail Panel Sessions at Advanced Engineering 2017, 1 & 2 November

Free to attend – Composites in Rail panel discussion to be held on: 3pm – 4pm, Wednesday 1 Nov 1pm-2pm, Thursday 2 November To be held in the Composites Engineering Forum in Hall 3A – chaired by Lucy Prior from the Rail Alliance with panel members from Penso (Michael Collins), Creactive Design/Vivarail (Neil Bates), Cecence… Read more


Rail Alliance Members Networking Event, Liverpool, 10th October, 2017 – report by Martin Little, Commercial Director, Rail Alliance

RAIL FREIGHT In the Rail Alliance’s rather tentative first look at this subject we were delighted by the breadth of experience assembled in the room and the opportunities highlighted in its interaction with our speakers. Though hugely competitive the Freight sector returns £300M in profits to the UK economy and is a significant private sector… Read more


Rail Alliance Member Vivarail Battery D-Trains in Full Production

Earlier this year Vivarail announced that the first two D-Trains would be ready for service in 2018.  To make this happen: production process scaled up and built a new strip-out facility new people employed: creating jobs and investing in training to create a highly skilled workforce key supplier relationships built – industry-leading experts in their own… Read more


Congratulations to BCRRE’s own rising stars!

In April this year, Women in Rail set out to find the 20 rising stars of the UK railway sector to celebrate women in the UK railway sector who are in the early stages (the first years in the aggregate) of their career in rail but who have already made an impact on their peers, colleagues… Read more


Congratulations Bridget Eickhoff! Winner of the James Clayton Prize for contribution to IMechE in the #rail sector

  The James Clayton Prize is awarded to a member of the Institution who has made an exceptional contribution to mechanical engineering and related science, technology and invention – by way of research, invention, experimental work, a paper, engineering design or services to engineering.   Bridget Eickhoff CEng FIMechE is Principal Infrastructure Engineer at RSSB… Read more


New round of multi-million tech competition launches to improve rail journey

Further £7.9 million on offer to develop new ways to improve the rail network for passengers. Lightweight energy-saving carriages, software telling passengers how busy arriving trains are, and personalised ticket machines that help customers with their ongoing journeys are just some of the projects that have won funding in the government’s railways innovation scheme. Now another… Read more


The Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) is staging free events for members to hear about the transition to the enhanced system

The Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) is staging free events for members to hear about the transition to the enhanced system and clarify any questions about changes to service provision. Supplier members can ensure they don’t miss out by clicking on one of the links below to secure a place. If you experience any… Read more