Latest Rail News

22.03.12

Joint project for RCA and Hitachi

The Royal College of Art (RCA) has announced a joint project to design a train forLondon, with students’ ideas to be incorporated into train designs by theHitachiteam.

The RCA’s vehicle design programme is expanding into public transportation, and students will work on design ideas to present in an exhibition inLondonin early September. The best concepts will then be exhibited atHitachi’s stand at InnoTrans inBerlin.

Professor Dale Harrow, head of the RCA vehicle design programme said: “The time is right for us to get involved in public transportation design, especially in our home town,London. There are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline, and we are keen to show the College’s design capability in this area.

“Our first train project will focus on Crossrail and London Underground’s deep tube EVO trains. The vehicle design programme has helped many automotive companies with innovative solutions to everyday design problems, and we will do the same for trains.

“We are fortunate to have Hitachi Rail Europe as our partner for this new venture. Hitachihas successfully delivered the Class 395 train and has been selected as the train builders for the Intercity Express Programme. Working with a leading train manufacturer will ensure that the students have access to up-to-date technology and expertise in rolling stock design, while developing their own creative ideas.”

Chiaki Ueda, chairman of Hitachi Rail Europe added: “Our design team will carefully evaluate the ideas the students develop and integrate the best ideas into our existing train designs. This will help us to create exceptionally reliable trains that will become as iconic and unique as the Class 395, currently operating between St Pancras and Kent.

“Hitachi has ambitious plans to build a manufacturing facility for ourUK and European customers in Newton Aycliffe,CountyDurham. We also have plans for a research & development centre there. This is our first project with the RCA, and we see it as a starting point of ourUK and European focussed R&D activity.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

  • 15/11/2019A workforce which reflects society

    Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, joins us in the studio for the third episode of our RTM podcast, talking at length about her role and how it came about...
  • 02/11/2019Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

    Director of business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, thinks women are missing out on exciting opportunities because the lack of gender diversity in the rail industry.
View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

Most Read

'the sleepers' blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in the Midlands. He said: “It’s very... more >