UK: Porterbrook to Electrify Track at Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre

Porterbrook has confirmed its latest plans to renew and electrify the 3.5-kilometre track at the Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre in Warwickshire.

This upgrade follows the company’s purchase of the site, which was completed last month.

Porterbrook's Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre
Porterbrook’s Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre

Work on this development is expected to conclude at the end of 2025. This will take the company’s total investment in the centre to over £75m since 2021.

Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook said:

“With the future of Long Marston now confirmed we’ve wasted no time starting the next phase of the site improvements to reinforce our commitment to being a long-term partner for the rail industry. Substantial replacement of life-expired vehicles is needed over the next decade, and the track upgrades mean that we can deliver the best level of service with our manufacturing partners to provide a full turnkey solution for new rolling stock entering service.”

The electrified track will be able to test trains at speeds of up to 50mph. It will also support European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalling and will be compatible with other forms of traction including hydrogen, battery and diesel.

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