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.
The photograph above shows the first batch of five CAF Mk 5 coaches for Caledonian Sleeper services arriving in Britain in January 2018.