Vivarail Class 230 Successfully Completes 40-Mile Battery Te...
Vivarail has put its Class 230 through battery tests during which the train reliably and successfully travelled 40 miles many times.
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South West Trains will become the first train operator in the UK to introduce a new high-tech system that will help improve the reliability and punctuality across the network.
The GreenSpeed Driver Advisory System collects real time data from a huge range of sources to calculate the ideal speed of the train to help ensure that it arrives exactly on time. It also has the potential to reduce the impact on the environment by lowering the energy consumption as well as allowing more frequent trains to be run on the network.
The investment into these systems is part of a larger plan to provide extra space on the South West Train network, particularly at peak times. The wider plan aims to transform the services for passengers and also includes longer platforms, reopening Waterloo International Terminal as well as major investment to provide new and refurbished carriages and longer trains.
Christian Roth, Engineering Director for South West Trains, said: We are constantly working to find ways to improve the service we offer to our passengers. We are investing millions of pounds right across the network to provide extra space, refurbish and improve our trains as well as upgrading our infrastructure to ensure more of our trains run on time.
The introduction of this ground breaking technology is part of that ongoing commitment and is a major step forward towards improving one of Europes busiest networks.
Martin Horsman, Managing Director of ESG, added: ESG has a long track record of delivering excellent engineering services to both rolling stock operators and lessors. This project demonstrates ESGs capability to offer engineering, installation and approval of Driver Advisory Systems, which complements our product portfolio perfectly.
Sune Edinger, CEO of Cubris, commented: It is a breakthrough for Cubris to now enter the UK market with GreenSpeed, our advanced driver advisory system, and we are extremely satisfied with winning the first major C-DAS project in the UK rail sector. The first phases of the project have been concluded and we can already see the positive results of involving the drivers in the early design of the user interface.
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