Centre of Excellence for High Speed Rail to be set up.

Atkins and Heriot-Watt University have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create a Centre of Excellence for High Speed Rail, aiming to push the boundaries of railway track research beyond high speed into the realm of ultra high speed. Atkins is an engineering and project management consultancy. The development centre will be based at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. High-speed technology is one of the largest civil engineering initiatives currently under development, with projects world-wide. Hence, there is a need to create a platform to share knowledge and practical innovation to deliver transformational railways. Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ CEO, said: “The MoU is a key moment for the development of high speed and ultra high speed railway technology. With 15,000 miles of new high speed track to be laid in the next decade or so, it is vital that we have a Centre of Excellence.”

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