Porterbrook completes purchase of Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre


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Porterbrook, the UK’s leading rolling stock financier and asset management company, has agreed a deal with St Modwen to acquire the freehold of the Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre in Warwickshire.

Porterbrook has been operating the site since June 2021, and already invested over £13m to upgrade and enhance facilities across the centre.

“The Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre has an illustrious history dating back to the second World War and remains an important asset to the local community. Since acquiring the rail facility back in 2021, Porterbrook have been a fantastic partner for us and we are pleased that this deal will enable further investment in the site, ultimately benefitting the local community and supporting Porterbrook’s innovative work in the rail industry.”

Yafeth Asher, Asset Manager, St. Modwen

“This deal provides absolute clarity for our business, our shareholders and the wider rail industry over the long-term future of Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre. It gives us the certainty to move forwards with our plans and invest further to deliver an exceptional facility for testing, training, maintenance and storage for the railway.”

Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook.

The company has overseen a transformation of the 135-acre mainline connected location over the last two and half years, including tarmacking roads to significantly improve access, upgrading lighting and installing a new state-of-the-art security system. The centre now has enhanced training and office facilities, and old storage buildings have been replaced with similar structures to maintain the heritage of the former Royal Engineers’ WWII supply depot.

One of the largest upgrades is the new £3m Asset Management Facility which opened in April 2023, complete with three pitted roads able to accommodate vehicles of up to 23 metres, providing high-quality space for maintenance and upgrades.

The site also secured ISO 14001 certification in acknowledgment of the business’s positive approach to environmental management.

Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre will continue to host the annual two-day Rail Live event, the UK’s largest outdoor rail exhibition which welcomed over 6000 visitors and 273 exhibitors in 2023.