Severn Lamb and its partner TDI are the proud winners of this year’s Global Light Rail Award for ‘Outstanding Engineering Achievement’. The award was presented by Paul Maynard MP, the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, at the annual awards dinner held in the Honourable Artillery Company, London. The award acknowledges the outstanding achievement in designing, building and supplying a brand new style of ‘ultra’ or ‘very’ light rail vehicle, from a clean sheet of paper to service operation in Turkey, within a challenging 18 month timescale.
On introducing the award, the MC announced:
“Our winner is a British firm that has turned a new design concept into an in-service vehicle in only 18 months. And what a vehicle it is. Drawing from both the aerospace and automotive industries, it is 40% lighter and up to 50% cheaper than a comparable 120-passenger vehicle and incorporates clever (diesel-electric series) hybrid traction technology in a package that is almost infinitely configurable. The judges recognised the flexibility of its modular design and its potential for everything from rural branch lines to city circulators.”