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UK Very Light Rail Conference

UK Very Light Rail Conference

The second UK Very Light Rail (VLR) Conference will take place on Thursday 16 June at the Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology in Dudley; neighbour and partner to the new GPB32m Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC). Due to open later this year, construction of the VLRNIC has been enabled through funding from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and the European Regional Development Fund. Some areas of the centre are already open, including the test track used for vehicle evaluation. Attendees at this year’s VLR Conference will hear from the teams involved in the Coventry VLR project – designed to make urban light rail installation more affordable for small- to medium- sized towns and cities – and Revolution VLR, a hybrid vehicle aimed at the re-opening of disused rail lines. The conference also includes keynote addresses from Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, and Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority. The one-day event – running from 09.00 to 16.00 – is being organised by the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) and its partners at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Coventry City Council, WMG, at the University of Warwick, and Rider Levett Bucknall. Delegates will gain detailed insight into the VLR concepts and the future of rail-based public transport, focusing on topics such as: What is VLR and why is it important? What progress has been made to date? And by whom? What technologies have been developed and will be further developed in the future? What is BCIMO doing to develop the market,...
Light rail: The key to sustainable mobility

Light rail: The key to sustainable mobility

The European Light Rail Congress brings together many senior and key professionals from across Europe for two days of debate covering innovation and new technologies with light rail being a key driver to sustainable mobility. With presentations and exhibitions from some of the most innovative suppliers and service providers, this congress also includes two technical visits, an evening networking reception, exhibition, two-days of presentations and over eight hours of networking sessions! For 2022, we are delighted to be returning the event in the beautiful city of Zaragoza with the support of our partners and key supporters at Tranvía Zaragoza, Mobility City and Fundación Ibercaja. Confirmed speakers: Natalia Chueca: Mobility Counselor, Zaragoza City Council, Antonio María Soriano Ibarra: Project Manager, Mobility City, Ana Moreno: CEO, Tranvía de Zaragoza, Nacho Celaya Vela: Autonomous Vehicle Technical Project Manager, CAF, Sonia Miguel: Product Manager, Teltronic, Malte Breiting: CEO, Pantoinspect, Jose Maria Carrasco: Sales Manager, Southern Europe, MENA & South America, Saft, Javier Ibáñez de Yrigoyen: Innovation Programme Manager, Europe’s Rail, Jorge Maroto: Director General, Metro de Sevilla/Globalvia, Thomas Kritzer: Head of Tramway Operations, Wiener Lienen, Helge Dorstewitz: New Lines Director, Luxtram, Gonzalo Del Cueto: Digitalisation Manager & Rolling Stock Maintenance Manager, CAF, Fernando Lozano Ruiz: Director General, Metro de Málaga, Alfredo Remon: Sales Manager & Business Developer, Bosch Engineering, Pablo Oromi: Project Manager, Metrotenerife, Ian Rowe: Director, Ian Rowe Associates, Matthias Klug: Managing Director, SEALABLE, Robert Wörfel: Product Manager TTS, SEALABLE, Mark Mitchell: Technical Director, Adfil, Frederic Deutzer: General Manager, Deutzer, Hans Cruse: Director, Spårvagnsstäderna. (For the full schedule click here) This year’s European Light Rail Congress timetable also includes exclusive tours of...

Light rail events for 2022

Mainspring helps organisations of all sizes develop their presence in the transport sector, unlocking new opportunities through our extensive industry knowledge, industry-leading events, unrivalled network of connections, and wide range of marketing and communication services. Our events for 2022 include:   European Light Rail Congress – 18-19 May Zaragoza, Spain   16th Annual Light Rail Conference – 12-13 July Gateshead, UK   Global Light Rail Awards – 5 October London, UK   Please check here for more information about all of Mainspring’s forthcoming events for 2022 and...
Mainspring LRT Excellence Day: From theory to practice

Mainspring LRT Excellence Day: From theory to practice

Wolverhampton’s Grand Station hosted the first Mainspring LRT Excellence Day of 2022 on 10 February. Focused on infrastructure maintenance and renewals, the day welcomed participants from across the UK and Europe for a schedule of presentations and debate which showcased award-winning innovation, case studies of recent projects, and demonstrations of game-changing technologies. Marta Gasch Bielsa, Project Manager for the Midland Metro Alliance, began with an overview of Birmingham’s new Eastside Metro extension. Ms Gasch offered an insight into this high-profile programme to extend the West Midlands Metro by 1.7km (1.05 miles) from Bull Street to Digbeth in 2024, exploring the issues associated with the creation of a new city centre ‘delta junction’. Some, she explained, were common with projects around the world: a congested urban environment, unforeseen utility diversions and material and supply delays. Others were the inevitable additional headaches associated with delivering major works during COVID. Of interest to many was her description of the novel pre-cast concrete track system which was assembled off-site to enable a remarkably quick installation – saving disruption and cost in the process. Project managers from Nottingham Trams delivered a similarly fascinating talk on another necessary issue for any established tramway: renewals. With many of the UK’s second-generation systems now approaching the age where key assets are life-expired, Marek Szwej and Will Hughes detailed the planning behind the 2021 track relaying project in the city’s busy Lace Market. This busy centre-point of the system features a tight curve and complex gradients, with the works also effectively cutting the network in half, necessitating stabling of the fleet out on the system overnight for extended...

Rail Live 2021

Rail Live 30 November – 1 December 2021 IFEMA, Madrid, Spain https://www.terrapinn.com/conference/rail-live Rail Live is a unique event bringing the full railway industry together to explore technology, innovation and strategy for the entire rail supply chain. The conference has three overarching themes – digitisation, liberalisation and sustainability – and covers topics such as digital & IOT, mega projects, intelligent infrastructure, smart train control, metro, integrated mobility, smart stations, freight, power & sustainability, light rail and more. Free registration here: www.terrapinn.com/RAILLIVE/mainspring #RailLiveMadrid @RailLiveMadrid...

Events for 2022

Light Rail Day, Copenhagen – 7 April 2022 Seminar covering Accidents and Tram Safety www.lightrailday.com EU Light Rail Congress, Zaragoza, Spain – 18-19 May 2022 http://www.mainspring.co.uk/eu-light-rail/ Annual UK Light Rail Conference, Gateshead, UK – 12-13 July 2022 https://www.mainspring.co.uk/uk-light-rail-conference/ Light Rail Day 2022,Helsinki, Finland – 24-25 October 2022 www.lightrailday.com   Global Light Rail Awards 2022, London, UK – 5 October 2022 Global Light Rail Awards...