In partnership with industry, we have designed and manufactured a new lightweight composite door for our Tube trains. The door - manufactured by the UK National Composites Centre (NCC) - is now in service, allowing us to track its benefits.
Goals, outputs and benefits
Replacing conventional materials with composite materials could mean:
Less stress on the mechanical parts of trains
Less power needed to move the train
Less wear on track, meaning fewer large scale maintenance works and line closures
And for our customers it could reduce journey times and crowding on trains, and cut down waiting times on platforms.
UK Rail Industry Award (2015)
Stephenson Award - National Rail Awards (2014)
Innovation award for the environment - The Rail Industry Awards (2014)
Initially funded through an Innovate UK's "Introducing Aerospace Materials to Rail" competition, the project has since gained the support of other industry players. University College London and Atkins (aerospace) provided project management and technical support, using their expertise in design and implementation of composite materials.