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Innovative toilet module leaves Birley Manufacturing for launch in Berlin

Sheffield manufacturing company Birley takes its new innovative toilet module to Innotrans 2014 for a debut appearance.

The Birley Universally Accessible Toilet (UAT) module will take pride of place on the Birley stand at InnoTrans 2014, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, held in Berlin from 23 to 26 September.

The unit has been designed to provide excellent structural integrity in a two piece modular construction which is fully compliant to the latest issue of Persons with Reduced Mobility Technical Specification for Interoperability Regulations (PRM-TSI) and requirements to Rail Group Standards (RGS).

The key benefit of the Birley UAT module is that the sealed one piece floor moulding prevents the egress of liquids and so reduces the risk of under floor corrosion.

In addition, the module incorporates proven reliable equipment and is pre-assembled and fully tested which significantly reduces installation times into rolling stock.

A condition based monitoring system also gives access to a full range of real time downloadable data allowing the preparation of works prior to vehicles returning to the depot.

“All UK trains have to be PRSM-TSI compliant by 2020 and this includes toilets.

In order to meet these new specifications, Rolling Stock Leasing Companies (ROSCO) will need to find considerable funding to update stock accordingly.

This has led to increased demand into a range of carriage elements such as handrails, egress doors as well as the toilet equipment”, comments James Taylor, Rail Development Manager at Birley.

The unit contains a range of attractive and useful features including LED lighting, a hand cleansing system with hygienic infra-red activation, a hinged mirror cabinet and baby changing unit.

The modern, fresh interior can be adapted to match the style and colour way of any vehicle.

Taylor, continues, “Initial reactions to the UAT have been very positive and we are very excited to be showing this to the international market in Berlin next week.

The development of the toilet module is down to the successful partnership between Datum, APA and Birley and is testimony to the experience and skilled workmanship that Birley are capable of.”

Birley Manufacturing has been a specialist in the train sector for over two decades and is the UK’s largest supplier of under carriage protective side skirts and egress internal sliding doors.

Recent investment in skills and technology has meant that Birley is now able to work towards the supply of total interior packages for trains.

The firm also supply rail infrastructure projects with ticket counters, signal box and Customer Service Points in both wood and metal.

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Birley UAT toilet

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