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BioUltra railcar receives grant funding

An artist’s impression of the lightweight BioUltra railcar. Image courtesy of ULRP / Invizio Product Desig

Ultra Light Rail Partners has been awarded a second round of funding from Innovate UK to further work on its BioUltra railcar.

The 120-capacity biomethane-powered vehicle is intended for ‘turn-up-and-go’ use on existing rail lines and those to be re-opened following the UK Government’s GBP500m (EUR553m) programme aimed at reversing the Beeching rail closures of the 1960s. Possible examples of rail branch line use include extending the existing Stourbridge Shuttle service from Stourbridge Town to Brierley Hill, or providing a shuttle service between Great Malvern and the new Worcestershire Parkway.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the BioUltra includes COVID-19 resilient features such as ultraviolet lighting, copper fixtures on high-volume touchpoints, internal plastic shielding and filtered external-internal airflows. Feasibility study partners for the project include Invizio Product Design, Biomethane Ltd, Organic Power, Trampower, Sustraco, and Premetro Operations.

ULRP launched the UK’s first biomethane-powered railcar in July 2020. Read more about this project in TAUT 995.