London Rail and Underground Managing Director Nick Brown & MP Karen Lumley visit Arrowvale Electronics
Nick Brown, Managing Director, London Underground and London Rail, was accompanied by Conservative MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley on a tour of Arrowvale Electronics factory (Friday 18 March).
Arrowvale is the principal supplier to Transport for London (TfL) in the West Midlands with contracts worth over £4.5m over the next seven years. The firm provides remote monitoring equipment for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) that allows faults to be detected and rectified before they cause a service failure. The crucial work of the Redditch-based company ensures efficient maintenance of the track and improved reliability across the DLR network.
Nick Brown, said: "We have a fantastic relationship with Arrowvale and have been working together for a number of years to support jobs, growth and productivity in Redditch. Arrowvale plays a key role in the modernisation of London's transport network by helping us to meet the unprecedented demand created by the city’s success and rapid population growth. Over the past year we have invested more than £865m with suppliers in the Midlands, which is a crucial area of our nationwide supply chain."
Karen added: "Arrowvale Electronics is an expanding and successful Redditch company which plays a vital role in keeping London moving. I was proud to show them off as a beacon of success within Redditch. The involvement of Arrowvale Electronics in the supply of railway engineering equipment for this capital city project is proof that local companies can and do win lucrative national contracts."
Robert Brown, Project Director at Arrowvale, said: "The DLR remote condition monitoring project provides data for the DLR trains that will improve both train availability for passengers and assist with smarter maintenance. The partnership between DLR and Arrowvale, the leading UK manufacturer of specialist rail electronics, has created a team that delivers world class leading edge data solutions for the rail industry. Working with DLR has been a pleasure as their team share our vision of how the industry can be improved for the benefit of passengers and rail companies alike."
Around 60 per cent of TfL expenditure is spent with suppliers based outside London and it supports approximately 60,000 jobs in a supply chain stretching the length and breadth of the country. More than 19,500 jobs have been supported in the Midlands alone.