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Powering the West Midlands Metro

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Technical lecture
08 September 2020 18:30 - 20:30
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The West Midlands Metro opened in 1999, operating between Wolverhampton and Snow Hill station, Birmingham, connecting local population centres.  In 2016 the extension through the centre of Birmingham to New Street Station opened.  In 2019 the overhead wire free section to Birmingham Central Library opened, with the trams powered by on-board batteries.  The talk will explore the history of the line, the planned extensions and touch on some technical challenges.  An overview of the battery system will be provided together with the context for its selection as a technical solution.

Matthew Hack has had a varied career, having moved from power generation into rail.   He has worked with special purpose rail vehicles, turnkey railway systems, had a spell with Network Rail in infrastructure maintenance before finding a home in light rail, firstly in Asset Management with the Manchester Metrolink during its period of major expansion, then moving on to the West Midlands Metro as Head of Engineering.


Matthew Hack, Head of Engineering, Midland Metro Ltd


United Kingdom

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Lyndon Platt
0161 276 3750
Siemens Transportation Systems
Ardwick Traincare Facility
Rondin Road
M12 6BFUnited Kingdom
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