The UK’s first training centre for the installation and maintenance of slab track, to be used on HS2, was opened at the City of Wolverhampton’s Bilston complex on September 29 by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.
The £750,000 facility will also provide expertise for 300 trainees on traditional railway track, as well as tramways, of the type that will be needed as light rail expands across the region (RAIL 941).
The standards for the courses, both introductory and advanced, will be set by National Infrastructure Solutions, a provider for the rail, civil engineering and utilities industries.
The centre will also run free six-week rail training courses for the registered unemployed, with a guaranteed job interview to follow.
Several manufacturers and contractors are offering their support for the college, allowing a short section of demonstration track to be installed along with catenary.