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LRT Rolling Stock Excellence Day 2018

Thursday February 15, 2018
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

With nearly 5000 metro trainsets, modern low-floor LRVs and heritage trams in service across the UK, the market for procurement, maintenance, refurbishment and vehicle upgrades is a massively significant one.

These vehicles are the lifeblood of the services that we offer to millions each day, providing efficient, comfortable travel and keeping our cities moving.

Mainspring’s LRT Excellence Days enhance understanding and co-operation between the teams responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the light and urban rail systems, those with procurement responsibility and the supply chain.

Supported by UKTram, the focus for the first of these days in 2018 is rolling stock, depots and maintenance and looks at the latest innovations, offers insightful real-world case studies and examines how systems can drive efficiencies through the sharing of best practice and operational knowledge.


At last year’s event 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.

Topics included:

  • 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.


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