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Dura Composites’ GRP Modular Access Platforms and GRP Walkways Part of New Railway Sidings Opened in Maidenhead

The Maidenhead sidings are a key part of Network Rail’s electrification of the Great Western Main Line in preparation for Crossrail. The £4.5 million sidings have been installed as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and will ease congestion on the railway, allowing Great Western Railway (GWR) to increase its capacity at peak times by introducing a further three new eight-carriage Electrostar trains.

Dura Composites’ products were selected for the project by Balfour Beatty, a recognised leader in modern rail engineering. The sidings have been opened 18 months ahead of schedule and feature a number of Dura Composites GRP Modular Access Platforms and GRP Walkways.

The precision engineered Glass Reinforced Plastic Solutions were installed by Balfour Beatty Rail, and are the perfect fit for the OHLE (Overhead Line Equipment) environment thanks to their non-conductive properties. Dura Composites GRP profiles can be designed to comply with bespoke site specifications and offer significant improvements over traditional alternatives, including increased buildability and a dramatic reduction in possession times.

Commenting on the installation of the Dura Slab Walkways and Modular Access Platforms, Rafal Konstanty, BBR Civil CRE at Balfour Beatty said:

“Dura’s GRP solutions were ideal for this project as the driver walkway access platforms are situated under OHLE wires with currents of 25,000 kV. The resulting installations are non-conductive, lightweight and require virtually no maintenance which means that they offer excellent lifecycle benefits for our end client, Network Rail. The team at Dura Composites were great to work with, both in terms of their ideas and the technical support they were able to offer during the design stage, and I would happily recommend them to other colleagues in the Rail industry.”

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