VERY LIGHT RAIL (VLR)

Very Light Rail (VLR) is an emerging class of transport, that is more flexible than main line rail and easier to deploy.

PRODUCTS

BENEFITS

VERY LIGHT RAIL HISTORY

Transport Design International (TDI) is globally recognised for the work we do in the rail sector and for our contribution to Very Light Rail (VLR). The story of VLR began over 35 years ago and has evolved from the design and development of the Vectus Personal Rapid Transit vehicle to the highly acclaimed Revolution VLR and Urban VLR vehicles we manufacture today.

2003-2005

Guided battery powered road tram prototype developed with Coventry City Council

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2008-2010

TDI develops Al-Hoota (Oman) bespoke ‘very light rail’ project.

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2011-2013

TDI develops next generation Personal Rapid Transit (“PRT”) vehicle called Vectus.

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2014-2016

TDI develops Konya (Turkey) award-winning bespoke ‘very light rail’ project.

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2018-2021

TDI heads up ‘Revolution VLR Consortium’ to develop sustainable, ‘very light rail’ technology and deliver demonstrator vehicle

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2019-2021

TDI secures contract to supply urban VLR vehicle for Coventry City Council

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2021

Launch of Revolution VLR & Coventry VLR vehicles

2022

Launching the new Lync VLR vehicle, our next generation product for urban environments

Research & Development is ongoing for the most effective means of battery operation and zero-carbon emissions to ensure full compliance for the future. TDI is constantly looking to innovate with new materials, design concepts and engineering, and our vehicles are evolving as new technology is adapted and utilised.

VERY LIGHT RAIL PRODUCTS

NEXT GENERATION

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VECTUS PRT

Cost effective public-transit solution in comparison with monorail or alternative rail systems, moving up to around ten thousand passengers per hour.

  • Intelligent bogie and wheel system that does away with expensive automated track switches
  • ‘Last mile’ of transportation

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REVOLUTION VLR

Adapted to serve new and existing branch lines and rural applications

  • Can be aligned to different platform heights

  • Low-cost connectivity of regional and rural areas
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LYNC™

Fully adaptable and can be developed as a bespoke offering for towns and cities

  • Bidirectional
  • Large carrying capacity
  • Can be aligned to different platform heights
  • Road and rail version

CLEANER MOBILITY

By using very lightweight self-propelled EV rail cars, a light rail system can be delivered at a much lower cost and with much reduced construction times; enabling low-cost connectivity in suburban and rural areas.

LIGHT RAIL

LOWER COSTS

  • Scaleable

  • Cost Effective

  • Fast Deployment

  • Permanence

INCREASED CONNECTIVITY

HEAVY RAIL

  • Scaleable

Very Light Rail Cost < £10m/km
Heavy Rail Cost £25m -£50m/km

PRODUCTS & PROJECTS