The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) has launched a new Mobility Hub and state-of-the-art Transport Systems Simulator at its centre for rail innovation. Head of Engineering and Programmes, Tony Joy, explains how these assets will be used to support the development of new technologies and emerging markets.
In 2022, we oversaw the launch of the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC), a world-leading hub for transport innovation. Built on the site of Dudley’s former railway station, and with Office of Rail and Road (ORR) licence exemption, the £32 million centre already offers a range of cutting-edge facilities – including a Rail Development and Test Site comprising engineering hall and workshop, a 2.2km test track, a world-first 15m radius loop, and a rapid battery charger, as well as a number of test laboratories, serviced office spaces and a soon to be fully launched state-of-the-art Events Suite.
The Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) is a not-for-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and operator of the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC), a unique, world-class centre for rail innovation based in Dudley in the West Midlands.