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Ingenious Platform Design Improves Passenger Safety and Reduces Disruption

August 12th, 2014 | Articles, News, Rail Products | 0 Comments

The Train Now Elevated on Platform 2….

Image1You may have experienced the problem yourself; you’ve positioned yourself to get on or off the train but you find there is a huge gap between train and platform which you and your luggage have to negotiate.

These severe stepping distances due to isolated platform subsidence are not uncommon. However, the remedies todate which allow passengers to safely and comfortably get on and off trains require platform closures and line possessions with passenger disruptions for many months.

Now there is an ingenious and innovative solution that not only removes the cost and disruption of replacing the existing concrete platform but also one that will stand the test of time, is adjustable to suit future rolling stock and has a design life in excess of 50 years.

Image2Co-Development Using Composite Materials

Hammond ECS, a rail contractor, and Dura Composites, an innovative supplier of composite building materials, co-developed the Dura Platform solution to address severe stepping distance issues whilst maintaining operational use of the platform during the course of the works.

The solution comprises height adjustable pods secured along the platform, on which glass reinforced plastic (GRP) beams are positioned, providing support for a GRP decking system.

Since the surface is a composite, it will not suffer from compaction issues, reducing the likelihood of slips, trips and falls. Also incorporated into the platform is a bright yellow tactile which replaces the painted yellow safety line on the platform creating a larger visual and tactile identification of the platform edge.

Image3Dura Composites also supplies a range of other composite products to the rail industry, including composite flooring, handrailing and cladding solutions, and an innovative ballast retention system for allowing the inspection of hidden critical elements.

Big Benefits From Dura Platform Solution

The first application was at Tulse Hill station in Lambeth, South London where there were severe stepping distance issues on platform 1 but no opportunities to close the platform.

These works saw significant benefits in terms of cost, flexibility and efficiency. Approximately 25% of the cost of a traditional station rebuild approach has been saved, with half the number of possessions needed to complete the work. The yellow tactile integrated with the platform edge practically eliminated the ongoing cost of maintaining the platform painting.

Happy Rail Customers and Passengers

Image4The completed Tulse Hill project has met with praise from within the rail industry, including the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), First Capital Connect and Southern Railway, who are keen to see this design used at other stations where Platform Train Interface (PTI) is a safety risk.

Dave Ward, route managing director for South East, said: “The work at Tulse Hill station is a great example of using creative thinking to solve a problem, with the additional benefit that project cost less and took less time to deliver than a traditional station rebuild would have. I have been especially pleased by the response from our customers and we can repeat the project at other stations where this will solve some of the logistical problems of carrying out restorative works.”

Following the success of this scheme, another Dura Platform project is underway at Elephant and Castle, and feasibility is being carried out at Croydon East platforms 1 & 2.

Ingenious Platform Design Brings Benefits to Train Operators, Contractors and Passengers

July 23rd, 2014 | Articles, News, Rail Products | 0 Comments

Patented Dura Platform launched at Infrarail Exhibition in May 2014.

patented dura platform

Dura Composites has developed a Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) composite station platform that brings benefits throughout the supply chain including:

  • Contractors: easier to install
  • Operators: no day time possessions required
  • Passengers: anti-slip and looks great

The full list of innovative design features includes many money-saving, time and safety benefits:

Features Benefits
Withstands 5KN/m2 over a 3.4m clear open span Allows crowd loadings in tandem with reduced and cheaper substructure
Can be cranked to achieve 1-in-40 fall Easily adjustable on site at low cost
A hidden and easy to access fixing system which allows for fixing from top surface only. Zero trip hazard and better looking
Solid laminate yellow line integrated within the fixing system Doesn’t need repainting ever and lines are straight
Hollow profile sections to carry services No costly excavation trenches required
Fast installation times often with less possessions Saves time and money through supply chain
A rebated Tactile finishes flush with the top skin No trip hazard, looks great
A weight of 32kg (coper unit) and 39kg (non-coper unit) 2 man lift
An integrated front nosing Meets Network Rail specs
Anti-slip surface, BSEN 4592-0, highest anti slip certification for the BSEN testing. Great performance in all weather for passengers


The patented Dura Platform has been engineered to comply with Network Rail specifications for platforms. Since it’s launch at Infrarail in May 2014, Dura Rail has been tailored to suit 3 station platform applications:

–          Cosford Station – 40mm thickness one piece pultruded rail platform (additional items bonded to top surface)

–          Tulse Hill Station – Moulded system with pedestals & channels to bring platform to the correct gauge – kept station operational throughout installation – system designed to install 6100mmx2500mm per night

–          Elephant & Castle Station – Mouldtruded system with pedestals & channels to bring platform to the correct gauge – currently under construction – kept station operational – system designed to install 6100mmx2500mm per night

demo unit

Dura platform has had great feedback from design agencies and main contractors as well as Network Rail. A Dura Platform demonstration unit is available for delivery anywhere in the country. To arrange delivery, contact us on 01255 423601 and press 1 for sales or 4 for Rail sector or contact Rail team on with your enquiry.

Dura Composites Launches Rail Sector Products Division

June 3rd, 2014 | Articles, News, Rail Products | 0 Comments

Dura Composites launched a new Rail Sector Products Division at the UK’s leading railway infrastructure event, Infrarail 2014 to better support the demand from Network Rail and infrastructure contractors for their growing range of innovative composite products.

Dura Composites held a succession of meetings with senior managers from Network Rail and railway infrastructure contractors to enable a wider appreciation of how composite products can increase safety, and decrease maintenance costs and possession times on busy networks. View a video here.

The new Railway Division’s products include the patented and innovative specialist systems of ballast retention, adjustable station platforms, modular pedestrian bridges as well as various walkway and cladding products developed for railway applications:

Ballast Retention Systems – Fibreglass inspection systems to allow examination of Hidden Critical Elements (HCE) of bridge girders. These have gained considerable success at various locations throughout the UK proving time and again to significantly reduce the on-site time, allowing for a faster project turn around in comparison to using traditional materials.

Composite Station Platforms – large spans reduce the substructure work required, low weight allows manual handling, and fast concealed fixings reduce possession times and can avoid station closures. In addition there are built-in facilities for cable management and drainage plus the normal advantages of composites including long life and minimal maintenance.

Embankment Staircases, Rail Crossings and Walkways – Fibreglass stair case structures, trackside walkways and roof walkways incorporating anti slip mesh, creating one of the highest degrees of slip resistant ever measured for a walking surface.

Fibreglass Trench Covers – lightweight pedestrian and vehicle crossings allowing easy manual access, with non-slip gritted top walking surface.

Composite Timber Cladding – for new or refurbishment rail projects, including stations, signal boxes, platforms, waiting rooms & workshop buildings.

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