Industrial lasers contribute to UK bus shelter program

March 10, 2014
WEC Lasers has helped prepare stainless steel using Trumpf laser cutting equipment as part of a 40M pound bus shelter project.

Darwen, Lancashire, UK - WEC Lasers and other East Lancashire firms are benefitting from the £40M Pennine Reach plan as new bus shelters have been produced in East Lancashire.

WEC Lasers , a large engineering and fabrication company that provides laser cutting and other fabrication services, has helped with the preparation of stainless steel, with local suppliers being used to produce fittings and perform other engineering processes. WEC Laser operates state-of-the-art Trumpf laser cutting equipment with eight flat-bed laser cutting systems and two laser tube cutting machines.

The shelters, part of a £1.1M project, were then made by Euroshel at its manufacturing facility in Rawtenstall. The first bus shelter was installed in Darwen recently and more will be installed as work progresses.

Steve Hartley, managing director of the WEC Group, said: "As a community-focused company, we believe that effective local procurement is the way forward, and it is great news that we have been identified as the laser cutting contractor for this new investment from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. There are many local companies like ours that are part of this new scheme, and the benefits for employment in the local community are undeniable."

The Pennine Reach scheme will see transport links between Blackburn, Darwen and Accrington transformed and includes new bus stations for Accrington and Blackburn. Work on the £5M new bus station in Blackburn was to begin last week.

(Image via Shutterstock)

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