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The first batch of five CAF Mk 5 coaches for Caledonian Sleeper services arriving in Britain last month. Image credit: Chris Livings.


09 February 2018

BWB Consulting has been appointed by CAF, the international rail services provider and manufacturer, to help prove its new trains meet UK rail compatibility requirements. The Spanish firm has secured six UK contracts for new rolling stock worth £1.4bn and before these are brought into service, a range of technical studies must be undertaken to show that the new vehicles can safely traverse the rail network.
BWB are providing project management support to aid CAF in achieving Certificates of Gauging Compatibility for their new vehicles, which demonstrates that clearances to platforms, bridges and trackside equipment are acceptable. Where clearances are found to be insufficient, remedial works will be required before the certificate can be issued and the rolling stock enter passenger service.
BWB Associate Director Nicola Read said: “We are pleased to be working with CAF, Network Rail and its supply chain on these important contracts and believe this to be a key opportunity to increase our involvement in the UK rail industry.”