Fabrication centre highly commended at Railway Industry Innovation Awards

VolkerRail and Unipart Rail were highly commended, in the Cross-industry Partnership Working category, at this year’s Railway Industry Innovation Awards held in London, on Friday 23 June.

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The commendation was received due to the collaborative efforts of both parties, which led to three fabrication facilities being opened and the development of Unipart Rail’s UniTracePlus system. These facilities allow VolkerRail to pre-assemble all overhead line material, leading to just-in-time delivery with the UniTracePlus system providing a high degree of traceability and material control to site.

Speaking on behalf of the project team, Stuart Birch, major projects director at VolkerRail said: “Our strong, collaborative relationship with Unipart Rail has enabled us to develop this forward thinking approach to overhead line fabrication. The team behind this idea have worked hard to ensure high results for both parties and having this recognised is a great achievement.”

Founded in 1998, the Railway Industry Innovation Awards are the longest-standing awards scheme in the industry and celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals who are pushing the industry forward by developing innovative ideas.