Composite Platforms are Easy to Install in Hours
Dura Platform Installation Case Study – Needham Market
Completed in a 36 Hour Possession
The Dura Platform is the latest cutting edge station platform design using the well proven pultruded fibreglass continuous manufacturing process.
Easy to install with fast and unique fixing system allowing quick installation times.
Benefits of Pultruded Fibreglass Platform Modules
The fibreglass pultrusion process provides exceptional strength, toughness and consistency. Pultrusions offer a number of advantages over traditional materials such as concrete, steel, aluminium and timber and their use is increasing across a wide range of station platform applications.
Easy to Install on Straight or Curved Layouts
Dura Platform is an award-winning precision engineered product manufactured from pultruded fibreglass which complies with Network Rail specifications and offers significant improvements over traditional alternatives – including a dramatic reduction in possession time, plant required on track and sizeable overall project cost savings. Dura Platform is an excellent choice for both new build and refurbishment projects and is fast becoming a viable rival for traditional materials such as concrete, steel and tarmac.
Why Choose Composites for Station Platforms
It has long been acknowledged that the major challenges facing Britain’s railway network are those of capacity, reliability and efficiency – and that new technology holds the key to solving many of these challenges now and in the future.
In an industry where materials such as steel and concrete have long been king, the emergence of composites as a realistic long term alternative for such a wide range of applications has surprised many. Traditionally used for structures and flooring, composite materials offer unrivalled opportunities versus traditional materials and are now being used for a range of new build and refurbishment Rail projects to help bring an end to passenger disruption thanks to their quick installation and low maintenance requirements.
New Platforms can be Installed in Days Rather than Weeks
Pultruded fibreglass is a modern composite material and is formed by combining resin and pure glass fibres to produce ‘thermoset’ products which are renowned for their strength and durability. They offer a low-maintenance and cost-effective alternative to traditional materials and can be easily tooled for various platform uses and manufactured to meet almost any specification.
Its workability on site, lightweight structure, non-sparking and non conductive properties make it easy to install – meaning shorter possession times and a host of other real-world benefits.
Why Choose Composite Platforms Instead of Concrete?
Concrete is an extremely strong material, and performs extremely well in compression. However related to this principal quality is concrete’s main drawback – namely its weight. Even small slabs can be difficult, if not impossible, to lift by hand, meaning jobs require a lot of manpower (if not heavy machinery) – all of which can prove costly and time consuming.
What’s more, difficulty moving slabs in and out of position will also make maintenance and routine inspections unnecessarily problematic. Further still, if a load limit is exceeded for some reason, concrete may crack – something that will often lead to a whole site being closed because of an inability to guarantee safety.
Benefits of Fibreglass Pultrusions for Station Platforms
The fibreglass pultrusion process provides exceptional strength, toughness and consistency. Pultrusions offer a number of advantages over traditional materials such as steel, aluminium and timber and their use is increasing across a wide range of applications and industries. The almost infinite variety of possible profiles allows a high degree of design.
Fibreglass Pultruded Platforms is the latest development for Network Rail
Dura Platform Offers Short Posession Times
Dura Platforms are an excellent choice for any platform application that may be affected by possession time. FRP composite platforms are being used more frequently over traditional materials such as concrete and Tarmac. Dura have a wide selection of pultruded fibreglass platforms that can cater for both refurbishment or new build projects. The platform panel systems are 40mm or 100mm thickness depending on the project according to the load and span requirements.
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Fibreglass Pultruded Interlocking platform modules with substructure support options.
Composite Station Platforms – Long Life Span and Minimal Maintenance
Dura Composites Platforms are an excellent choice and we are seeing them being used more frequently over traditional materials such as concrete & Tarmac.
Pultruded Fibreglass Platforms have a fast and unique fixing system offering quick installation times.
Dura Composites can supply a range of composite station platform solutions for new or replacement projects.
The pultruded fibreglass platform panel systems are 40mm thick with the option of a 100mm thickness depending on the project according to the load and span requirements. The pultruded platforms can cater for larger spans thereby reducing the substructure work required. This makes it easier for operatives to handle manually, speeding installation times and thus reducing possessions times. In fact, through careful planning, and in some circumstances there is no need to close the station whilst works are carried out in stages. A unique concealed fixing system has been developed to provide a fast installation time and a safe and attractive pedestrian friendly surface.
Fibreglass pultruded interlocking platform modules and optional platform support structure options.
Fibreglass Pultruded Platform
The pultruded fibreglass systems are designed at 40mm thickness with an option of increasing the thickness to 100mm thickness depending on the project, loading and site requirements. FRP Pultruded platforms cater for large spans, reducing the substructure work required and are engineered to reduce the weight while making it easier to manually handle. A fast and unique fixings system also speeds up installation times & reduces possessions time. If planned well, there is no need to close the station while work commences.
Why Choose Pultruded Fibreglass in Place of Concrete?
Photo showing original sunken concrete platform.
Photo showing the new composite platform positioned on top of to reduce the step height.
Concrete is an extremely strong material, and performs extremely well in compression. However related to this principle quality is concrete’s main drawback – namely its weight. Even small slabs can be difficult, if not impossible, to lift by hand, meaning jobs such as fitting concrete platform sections will require time and significant manpower (including heavy lifting machines) all of which can prove costly. What’s more, difficulty moving platform sections in and out of position will also make maintenance and routine inspections unnecessarily problematic. Further still, if a load limit is exceeded for some reason, concrete may crack – something that will often lead to a whole site being closed because of an inability to guarantee safety.
Platform Edge Lighting – Now a Reality
Recessed LED lighting strip
Clear platform edge visibility.
Dura Platform LED Edge Lighting helps improve passenger safety by highlighting the platform edge
The latest Dura Platform can be fitted with energy efficient LEDs to the front edge of the coper unit, adjacent to the white nosing, to help improve visibility of the platform edge and passenger safety.
The LEDs are available as double lighting strips in white, blue or other colours and are fully recessed so no trip hazard is presented.
Other benefits include maintenance savings, low overall running costs and the instant aesthetic impact, with platforms appearing lighter and brighter.
Composite Rail Products
- Maintenance Bays
- Wash Bays
- Work Stations
- Corrosion Resistant
- Anti-Slip / Fire Retardant
- UV Stable
- Low Weight
- Non Conductive
- Load Tested
- Long Lasting
- 1-In-40 Fall
- No Painting / Staining
- Designed To NR Specification
- Retaining Colour And Strength
- Ideal For Manual Handling
- Use In High Voltage, Anti-Static Areas
- Bs6339-1 Heavy Duty Approved
- 25 Year Warranty / 50yr Life Span
- Allows For Suitable Drainage
A 24/7 Platform Manufacturing Process Ensures Production Meets Demand
Glassfibre rovings and matting reinforcement
Chemical grade resin saturation dip bath
Final pultruded resin/glassfibre platform
Dura Composites station platform modules are manufactured by combining various resins with pure glassfibre reinforcement. They are formed and cured in a continuous process creating a product of extraordinary strength and resilience. The resultant platform profile offers a combination of benefits and mechanical properties exceeding those of metal. Weighing up to 80% less than steel and concrete, Dura Platform offers equivalent performance for considerably less weight. This results in major weight savings and lower installation and servicing removal costs due to more economical transportation, handling and on site positioning. The high strength to weight ratio has particular relevance for many applications in the structural flooring, trench, gully and duct cover industries.