Earlier this week, we welcomed the UK Member of Parliament for Hove, Peter Kyle, to our headquarters in Shoreham, West Sussex, to explain how Ricardo is exploring where technologies from its automotive divisions could transfer to rail and help decarbonise the UK network.
Witnessing first-hand the cross-industry cooperation and sharing of knowledge, and how it is benefitting the rail and energy sector, has been fantastic.
The visit is part of a programme of events organised by the UK’s Railway Industry Association (RIA) who asked members such as Ricardo to invite parliamentarians, policy makers and influencers to a ‘hands-on’ day and see the behind-the-scenes innovation taking place across the rail supply chain.
Technology cross-over between automotive and rail has already resulted in a number of breakthroughs for us in propulsion solutions and developing carbon-free rail and, as a Member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, our guest was keen to learn about our progress during a tour of our development, testing and manufacturing facilities.
[Image L to R: Richard Cornwell and Andy de Vries from Ricardo Automotive, Peter Kyle MP, and Billy Joels from Ricardo Rail]
After the visit, Peter Kyle MP said: “Witnessing first-hand the cross-industry cooperation and sharing of knowledge, and how it is benefitting the rail and energy sector, has been fantastic. I would like to thank Ricardo and RIA for organising this visit and encourage my fellow Parliamentarians to show their support for the invaluable work going on in our rail supply chain and shine the spotlight on the behind-the-scenes work rail suppliers do up and down the country to keep our railways running.”
David Clarke, Technical Director of the Railway Industry Association, said: “The Railway Industry Association is proud to demonstrate the unique work our members are undertaking in the rail supply chain through valuable visits like Peter’s. The Government has set the rail industry the challenge of decarbonising by 2040, so it is important that the rail sector is able to transfer learning from other sectors as RIA member Ricardo is doing".
Richard Cornwell, Engine Performance Development Specialist at Ricardo, was on hand to explain some of the innovations we have been developing: “At Ricardo we pride ourselves on offering world-class solutions for critical and complex rail systems, so it was great to show how the latest thinking in the automotive sector can be used to decarbonise our rail network. We thank Peter for coming to our Technical Centre today and RIA for organising the visit.”