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Rail in the England's East Midlands

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					The region is home to a number of major global brands. This includes;
Bombardier, the UK's only major rolling stock manufacturer; Siemens
Transportation, which has its UK HQ in the region as well as a specialist
control and information systems operation; East Midlands Trains, one of
the UK's major passenger train companies; and Network Rail, which
provides the UK's rail infrastructure.Other major assets in the region
include:DeltaRail, a specialist software and technology provider
 Interfleet Technology, an international rail technology consultancy
group
 Atkins Rail, global experts in both the mass transit and heavy rail
markets
 Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum, which promotes the area as a world-class
centre of rail excellence
 Recent investments
 Siemens Transportation has invested £31 million into a state-of-the art
rail maintenance facility in Northamptonshire to service Class 350 Desiro
trains operating on the West Coast Mainline.
 Sydac, an Australian company specialising in train driver simulators,
has opened a new facility in Derby to harness the exceptional buoyancy of
the UK rolling stock market.
 Research & developmentUniversity expertiseThe East Midlands is home to a
number of leading universities, including Loughborough, Nottingham,
Leicester and Derby. Together they provide a wide range of graduate and
postgraduate courses in civil construction and engineering disciplines
and a steady flow of well-qualified graduates and professional
qualification programmes supporting workforce development. Regional
universities also provide major contributions to the UK Rail Research
Group, of which Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham
are key partners. This group works to:pioneer academic and industrial
research programmes
 provide extensive R&D support to regional companies
 contribute to improved capacity, reliability and safety and reduced
environmental impacts
 bring together researchers, industry and policymakers to improve
research, and industry practiceSuch academic expertise combined with the
established regional industrial strength is instrumental in modernising
processes to ensure networks and infrastructure are fit for purpose for
generations to come.Additional R&D benefitsThe region is home to the Old
Dalby test track, the only full speed test track in the UK, currently
used by London Underground Limited to test and commission the next
generation of London Underground trains built in Derby by Bombardier.
 Network Rail's R&D team is based in Derby where it focuses on improving
the performance and reliability of the rail network.For more information
visit: http://www.englandseastmidlands.com.

				
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