Endorsers of the Global Centre of Rail Excellence Vision
The Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) is one of the most important and creative infrastructure projects in rail today and we have been incredibly lucky over the last few years to have the support of government and so many in industry who see such great potential in the world class facility we are developing.
The development is taking its next, major step by seeking private sector investment. To support that vital process we are grateful to all those who have come together from across the industry to sign the open letter below.
If you would like to add your name to the letter, please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
A site for world class testing
The rail industry faces a variety of significant challenges over the coming years:
- To tackle the climate crisis, we have to decarbonise the railway network and prove the reliability, sustainability and effectiveness of the innovations needed for the high-quality, attractive and integrated public transport networks of the future;
- To better manage resources at a time of challenging public finances, especially post Covid and with the continuing conflict in the Ukraine, we have to find new and creative ways to lower the costs of rail through the development of more affordable railway infrastructure, improved cost control and more effective delivery and management of major projects;
- For the good of passengers, freight users and railway funders we have to grasp the exciting opportunities offered by new digital and connected technologies;
- And to develop the UK as a global leader in rail research, manufacturing and standards development we have to ensure the eco-system supporting rail innovation, proving and showcasing – from R&D through to production and servicing – is set up to support these ambitions.
All of these challenges depend upon decreasing the time taken to bring reliable, assured products to market, without compromising safety, customer experience or cost.
One of the barriers to that happening is that the rail sector, both in the UK and in Europe, lacks a purpose-built, offline facility at which single site, integrated testing and proving of rolling stock, infrastructure and cutting-edge new technologies can take place.
The current patchwork of facilities do not provide the breadth of capabilities the modern rail network requires. At such a crucial time, we need a custom built, high-quality rail innovation facility, that can support the rapid development and deployment of new technologies and help tackle the strategic challenges we face across the whole industry.
The Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) can provide such a facility and is a once in a generation opportunity we as an industry must take.
So as a railway industry we have come together to put our names to this open letter to confirm our support for the vision and market demand for the Global Centre of Rail Excellence.
When GCRE is operational we believe that it will offer a broad range of services and functionality that will benefit our organisation. Many of the planned services are not available elsewhere in a way which works for business at a consolidated location and at the scale GCRE will offer.
GCRE’s replication of a mainline railway environment will provide an unparalleled opportunity for the industry to operate in a safe and controlled space, enabling faster proving and deployment of new technologies, as well as opening new possibilities for showcasing the best in rail innovation. Currently, organisations like ours have to find inefficient and time consuming workaround options to prove products, systems and system integration.
We also recognise that rail has a collective responsibility to demonstrate how our industry is playing a positive role in the creation of new jobs and skills and the wider development of a fairer economy. GCRE will undoubtedly stimulate wider economic development opportunities in a deindustrialised area and generate high quality employment opportunities, both locally and throughout the wider supply chain. Having closely followed the development and progress of the GCRE, we firmly believe it will play a crucial role in advancing the railway and demonstrating its wider social impact, too.
We are committed to supporting the development of the Global Centre of Rail Excellence and can see value to our business in the range of services it is offering. We understand that you will use this letter with potential investors to demonstrate widespread market demand for the services that GCRE will provide.
Accelera by Cummins
Amaro Group Ltd
Amtrack Business Management Group Ltd
Anstee Indication Systems
Aura Brand Solutions
Big Bear Plastic Products
British Standards Institution
Call of the Wild
CPC Project Services
Dave Carne Rail Estimating Ltd
DWG Infraco Ltd
East Midlands Railway
EPSILON TEN LTD
European Metal Recycling
EURNEX – European Rail Research Network of Excellence
Excalibur Screwbolts Ltd
Fenix Rail Systems
Göbel & Partner Ltd
GRAMM Barrier Systems Ltd
Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe
Jewers Doors Ltd
Jobson James Rail
Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
Morgan Advanced Materials Ltd
Mosdorfer Rail Ltd
One Big Circle
Pro Rail Services
Protium Green Hydrogen Supply Ltd
Professor Clive Roberts, Director, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (University of Birmingham) and Lead, Centres of Excellence in Digital Systems and in Railway Testing, UK Rail Research and Innovation Network
Racine Railroad Products
Rail Business Daily
Rail Competence and Compliance
Rail Delivery Group
RailSense Solutons Ltd
Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB)
Railway Industry Association (RIA)
Railway Project Services
Resonate Group Limited
Ricardo Plc (Rail)
Swiss Federal Railways SBB
The Mental Wealth Company
Trafikverket – Swedish Transport Administration
TRB Lightweight Structures
TWI Technology Centre (Wales)
Unite the Union
Voestalpine Signaling UK
Waterman Infrastructure and Environmental
West Midlands Rail Executive