by Tiana May
02 May 2023
The Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) in south Wales has taken delivery of its first rail carriage, marking the start of a new partnership with train manufacturer, Talgo.
Talgo donated the carriage to be developed into a visitor’s centre at the 400 million GBP GCRE facility.
“As pioneer of rail vehicle innovation, Talgo is glad to be the first piece of rolling stock to arrive to GCRE, first class research, testing and certification facilities.
“We fully share GCRE's vision and we hope this will be a first step of a successful collaboration between both parties to bring innovation and efficient testing proposals to a market in which Talgo holds a true interest. We are keen of the capabilities our technology has for decarbonising and improving rail transport in the UK.”
The Global Centre of Rail Excellence is a new rail innovation centre scheduled to open in 2025.
It will host research, testing and certification of rolling stock, infrastructure and new rail technologies for the rail industry.
Alongside this new partnership with Talgo, GCRE has also recently signed an agreement with Hitachi Rail to test the latest rail technologies, including British-built trains, battery systems and digital solutions at the new site.
“It was terrific to take delivery of the Talgo carriage and to display it on our site. It is the very first piece of rolling stock to be delivered to the Global Centre of Rail Excellence facility and we hope to use the carriage as a visitor’s centre while we construct our new facility.
“Perhaps more importantly, we want this to be the start of longer-term relationship between the Global Centre of Rail Excellence and Talgo.
“The services we will be providing on site – world class research, testing and certification of rolling stock, infrastructure and innovative new rail technologies - are ones that we know can benefit high quality, international manufacturers such as Talgo.”
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