Birmingham to develop rail research programmes in Brazil

University of Birmingham and Brazil Ministry of Infrastructure (MINFRA) signed an agreement to develop and deliver cutting-edge research and education programmes to improve rail passenger transport in Brazil.
Under the agreement, the two sides will collaborate to identify joint research and education programmes that will support Brazil’s drive to overhaul its rail network.

“Using the latest technological developments, governments and businesses can transform the railways with a much better value for money, improving their capacity and efficiency in transporting people and goods to support economic growth,” said Professor Clive Roberts, Head of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).

Brazil is investing more than USD 15 billion in its railways across 11 major projects, including building the remaining sections of the North-South corridor, which will connect two of the country’s main ports, Itaqui and Santos.

“Celebrating a partnership between the Ministry and the University of Birmingham, one of the worlds major Research and Developing solutions Centers for the Rail Sector, is aligned to our plan of providing the country with quality infrastructure in tune to the most updated solutions in the world,” said Rodrigo Cruz – Deputy Executive Secretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure.

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