Adaptable rail carriage on track for commercial trials
UK transport minister Jo Johnson has revealed that 42 Technology has been awarded almost £350K by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to help further commercialise its unique Adaptable Carriage train passenger seat mounting system.
Adaptable Carriage enables the seats and tables within passenger trains to be automatically folded and stowed to create space to carry freight on off-peak services.
The system could also be used to create space on demand to accommodate more wheelchair users, luggage or bicycles.
The Innovate UK funding will enable St Ives-based 42 Technology to install its technology into a train carriage for the first time as part of a project expected to take 10 months.
Following successful testing, Adaptable Carriage can then be piloted under the Flexible Freight programme being promoted by the UK rail industry’s Technical Strategy Leadership Group.
Zane van Romunde, transport sector lead at 42 Technology said: “The Innovate UK funding will be instrumental in helping to further de-risk Adaptable Carriage and advance it towards commercialisation.
“The system could generate significant additional revenues for the UK rail sector, while helping to tackle concerns about inner city noise and emissions. It is also ideal for integration with the low carbon last mile delivery network.”