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State of the art interchanges

More than 90 companies will be showing what innovations can be added to a fast growing industry at the Interchange exhibition Transport engineers and designers from consultant Scott Wilson will be on hand at the SW stand to talk about the impressive £15M East Midlands Parkway interchange.

The four-platform station, which is being funded by Midland Mainline, will create a vital link between road and rail near Derby and Nottingham.

Situated at Ratcliffe-on-Soar where the mainline divides to serve stations in Derbyshire, Nottingham and Sheffield, the 800-space car park will be accessed by cars coming from the M1 and A453. It will also link with bus routes into the main shopping areas of Nottingham and Derby. Scott Wilson is carrying out detailed design and work is set to start on site later in the year.

Meanwhile, video simulations of state of the art interchanges will be on show at the University of Teesside's virtual reality stand. These type of simulations are being used increasingly to support bids for interchange proposals, says VRC business developer Tracey Codner.

'With our help, you can offer clients a stunning realtime walkthrough of their project. That is so much more impressive than any drawings or scale models, ' she says.

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