Leeds University is investing £10m in a new Institute for High Speed Rail that will focus on the design, manufacture and integration of high speed rail infrastructure. Featuring a vehicle system test facility, the institute will be located close to the HS2 rolling stock depot to the east of Leeds, and will provide both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Areas of research will include foundations and track, traction systems, braking and energy harvesting, sensor technology and digital systems. Working alongside the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster, the Institute for High Speed Rail will aim to address the skills gap and provide the human resources that the sector is expected to demand. According to Leeds University, the new facility will combine the expertise of the Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, and the Schools of Mechanical, Civil, and Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The institute will also work alongside international partners such as China's SouthWest Jiaotong University, with whom Leeds operates a joint school.
The Engineer, 23rd October 2017