DRB Group has won a major contract with Merseyrail to modify their existing fleet of trains to comply with the technical specification for persons of reduced mobility (PRM-TSI) deadline of January 1st 2020.

The six-month-long contract involves designing and manufacturing more than 700 step boards that will be attached to the outside of the carriage doorways. This will provide more stability and prevent movement when the platform/train accessibility ramp is connected.

Chris Clark is the production engineer working with the customer. He said, “We’re delivering the step boards in batches to coincide with Merseyrail’s maintenance plans. So far, we’ve delivered 50% of the order and are ahead of schedule.”

Andy Morris, Contracts Support Manager at Merseyrail said: “We’ve worked with DRB Group for a long time now. They understand our needs and consistently deliver expert engineering services.”

The safety-critical nature of this project means it’s well suited to DRB’s skillset as a trusted RISQS supplier and certified to ISO 9001:2015. Other ways that DRB supports the rail industry is extending the life of Gmeinder gear cases; and overhauling bogies, shoe arms and wheel axles.

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