The inaugural LRT Engineering Excellence Day on 5 April welcomed over 60 delegates to Blackpool for a lively day of presentations and debate on focused topics of relevance to those with responsibility for the day-to-day operation of Britain’s light and urban rail networks.
With engineering representation from many of the UK’s systems, manufacturers and service providers from across the industry showcased a range of innovations designed to save money, improve reliability, reduce maintenance time and improve safety.
Hosted by Blackpool Transport and supported by UKTram, guests at the Imperial Hotel engaged in debate on key issues, fostering the exchange of best practice between engineers and the supply chain at a time of unprecedented expansion and growth in passenger numbers across the UK’s systems. The nation’s tramway and metro systems carried in excess of 250 million passengers last year, covering over 21 million miles.
– Permanent way maintenance, including rail grinding, milling and welding
– The safety of trams and LRVs in the public realm
– Advances in lubricants and friction modifiers
– Infrastructure measurement and monitoring
– SFAIRP and the measures for mitigating imported risk
– An update of the work of UKTram’s Light Rail Engineers Group
Delegates were also treated to guided tours of both Blackpool Transport depots: Starr Gate is the state-of-the-art £20m facility completed as part of the modernisation programme in 2011 that houses the system’s Flexity 2 fleet; Rigby Road is home to the system’s unique heritage fleet and has a rich history dating back over 80 years.
The day was rounded off in style with fish n’ chips – what else when at the seaside? – and networking that continued well into the evening.
The Imperial Hotel Blackpool,