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20.05.13

ScotRail to fund maintenance systems research project

Researchers will study ScotRail’s maintenance systems to boost efficiency and reliability through a two year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

The £126,000 project, jointly funded by ScotRail and the UK Government, will see a PhD student from Glasgow Caledonian University work in the train operator’s engineering team to review ScotRail’s maintenance systems.

The work will develop techniques to monitor the condition of passenger trains and create a cost-effective maintenance strategy, by categorising train fleet into groups to carry out maintenance at the most appropriate time.

Dr Babakalli Alkali of the university's Department of Mechanical Electrical and Environmental Engineering, who will oversee the work, said: “We are delighted to be working with such a prestigious company in an area that should help to improve the passenger experience.

“Our academic team will draw on its vast industrial research experience and engage with ScotRail's engineers to further improve the company's already excellent levels of performance.”

Ken Docherty, interim engineering director at ScotRail, said: “The opportunity to collaborate on this excellent project with one of Scotland's leading universities is one we are relishing.”

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