Bombardier Transportation has opened a new testing and commissioning facility at its design and manufacturing site in Derby, UK.
The new facility was built with an investment of £12m and covers an area of over 10,000m².
It features four train roads, which are able to support trains up to 250m in length. It also integrates a two-story office annexe with space for up to 90 employees.
Each train road includes full-length overhead lines and vehicle servicing, as well as inspection pits. It is completely accessible at both ends and it connects it to the existing test track and production facilities.
The test facility is multifunctional and is able to be configured for both initial engineering testing on multiple trains and for final acceptance testing and validation.
As part of an overall £20m investment by Bombardier in its Derby Litchurch Lane premises, the new facility is expected to support both future deliveries and new trains currently being constructed for Transport for London’s new Elizabeth line (Crossrail) service.
Bombardier Transportation UK’s managing director Richard Hunter said: "This new £12m facility is one of the biggest investments in the history of our Derby site and V Shop (as the finished test facility will be known) will be a fundamental part of both our current projects and future train builds, enhancing our ability to deliver all the stages of a new train product from a single UK site.
"It increases our capacity to deliver high-volume orders within short timescales, ensuring we meet the future requirements of the UK market".
Image: The new facility covers an area of over 10,000m². Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.