Stratford transport specialist wins major contract in Coventry

A CGI image of a very light rail vehicle outside Coventry Station

AN award-winning transport specialist from Stratford-upon-Avon has won a contract to work with Warwick Manufacturing Group to design and construct an innovative very light rail vehicle which will be part of a new transport solution for Coventry.

Transport Design International, based at Clifford Chambers near Stratford, has won a tender to create a state-of-the-art, lightweight, battery-operated, rail-guided vehicle which will ultimately be capable of operating without a driver.

The project, funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and the West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Deal, is being managed by researchers from WMG at the University of Warwick in collaboration between Coventry City Council and Transport for West Midlands.

A total of £12.2 million has been secured from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Devolution Deal funding to undertake the research and development required to prove the VLR concept. In addition, the WMCA has allocated specialist resource from Transport for West Midlands to provide technical support, advice and guidance to the project team as the scheme develops.

Martin Pemberton, Managing Director of Transport Design International, said: “As champions of sustainable, lightweight transport solutions, the TDI team is very proud to have been selected to undertake this exciting, flagship project for Coventry. We look forward to working closely with the City Council and WMG to bring their aspirations to reality.”