Rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has formally agreed to work together with Newcastle University on a broad range of initiatives, signing a ‘memorandum of understanding’ to endorse the partnership.
The Swiss train-builder has a contract to build 42 new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro and to service and maintain them for 35 years.
The two organisations have pledged to collaborate with each other on all aspects of the new trains’ programme over the next five years, including the technology and knowledge required for their construction, as well as for maintaining them at Gosforth depot in Newcastle. Joint projects, covering research, education and innovation, are likely to cover energy conservation at a systems level, condition monitoring and driver-training.
Stadler has pledged to support the regional economy and involve as many Tyne and Wear-based companies and institutions in the new trains project as possible. It has stated that it is keen to use local suppliers for materials and services required for the depot re-build, the manufacturing of the new trains and the ongoing service and maintenance of both the legacy fleet and the new trains.