Rolling Stock Innovation in West Yorkshire?

It’s been a very exciting few weeks for Train News. Not only have we finally had a route confirmed for HS2, CAF announcing a new UK manufacturing plant, we’ve also had some great news for innovation in the region. 

Bronte recently attended a Rail Supply Group event, where we were excited to learn of their plans to open a number of Rail Innovation Centres throughout the UK, including one centre focused on Rolling Stock. We had our fingers crossed that it would be opening locally and were very excited to hear the announcement that the RSIC centre will be in Huddersfield. 

Funding of £28.1m has been granted from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to establish three national collaborative rail research centres focusing on digital systems integration, rolling stock innovation and infrastructure innovation. The Rolling Stock Innovation Centre (RSIC) is being led by the University of Huddersfield and incorporates the recently opened Centre for Innovation in Rail. It's focus will be to adapt and develop high value rolling stock systems including propulsion and energy storage systems. There will also be a focus on making Rolling Stock more environmental and passenger friendly.

“We fully support the UKRRIN  and their plan to bring Rolling Stock Innovation to West Yorkshire” says Steve Leach, MD of Bronte Precision “Traditionally the West Midlands has been a hub for most Rolling Stock manufacturers but it’s good to see new companies branching out into new areas of the UK. We have often been told by our current Rail customers that we are more competitive on pricing compared to existing suppliers. We would very much like to offer our support and expertise to this project going forward. We manufacture quite a broad range of components, but nothing would be more exciting than being involved from a design to manufacture in the next generation of Rolling Stock components.” 

Bronte Precision is an ISO certified mechanical engineer based in Bradford, West Yorkshire who currently works with a number of Rail OEMs to machine components such as suspension bushes, spacer plates, axle rods, hydraulic cylinders, suspension risers and much more.