The Global Centre of Rail Excellence and Urban Mass forge mobility partnership

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The Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) this week announced a collaboration with Urban Mass, a mobility business specialised in designing and creating innovative zero-emission mass transit solutions.

 The GCRE is a facility for rail and sustainable mobility research, testing and innovation currently being developed in South Wales.

The partnership will see Urban Mass deploy its cost-effective, sustainable, scalable, driverless, on-demand transit system on the GCRE site, providing a platform to finesse, prove, certify and demonstrate new ways of providing accessible inclusive zero-emission mobility.

Chief Executive of GCRE Simon Jones and Urban Mass CEO Kevin O’Grady this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding at GCRE in South Wales, paving the way for the demonstration of Urban Mass’ technologies to support modal shift and enhance innovative shared mobility.

Through the partnership, Urban Mass will demonstrate how its technologies and solutions can optimise efficiency, connectivity, and sustainability within rail environments and support the path to net zero.

Chief Executive of GCRE Limited, Simon Jones said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Urban Mass and to begin what is an exciting innovation partnership at the GCRE facility.

“To get to Net Zero by 2050 requires a significant shift in our economy and in our lives, with major changes needed in mobility and the way people and goods move around. We’ve got to find new ways to build more sustainable, cost effective and integrated transport networks and that means leaning into the ideas and the technologies like Urban Mass are developing.

“At GCRE we can provide world class facilities for infrastructure innovation and R&D that will allow Urban Mass to develop and showcase their ideas and solutions in a high-quality testing environment.

“By demonstrating Urban Mass' innovative technologies, we can show the transformative advancements in urban mobility and at the same time illustrate just what GCRE can be used for.

“This partnership underscores our commitment to fostering innovation and driving progress. It’s great to see the commercial demand for the GCRE growing and the impressive calibre of partners who want to come and work with us.”

Chief Executive of Urban Mass Kevin O’Grady said: "We are thrilled to develop this innovative partnership with GCRE and to demonstrate the potential of Urban Mass technologies for enhanced road and rail mobility services. This collaboration represents an exciting opportunity to showcase the synergy between urban innovation and rail excellence, ultimately contributing to smarter, more connected transportation systems.

“The facilities at the GCRE will be amongst some of the best in the world, and it's that kind of ‘live’ rail testbed that we need to help develop the next generation of sustainable mobility technologies.

“At Urban Mass, our mission is to create innovative zero-emission mobility technology, focused on delivering affordable, accessible and connected mass transit for all and reducing congestion and pollution from passenger and cargo transport. Our innovation partnership with the GCRE can help us deliver that in a high-quality rail environment.”