Composite Train Station Platforms
Dura Platform can be Easily Installed in Hours
Dura Platform: An Award-Winning GRP Platform Product
After over a century of heavy use, many of the UK’s concrete train station platforms now require replacement as they reach the end of their service life. Traditionally concrete has been used, but works can require long possessions and are costly.
Dura Platform is a breakthrough composite product which solves all of these challenges and more in record time! Made from Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) which complies with Network Rail specifications, Dura Platform offers significant improvements over traditional alternatives such as concrete. It has been described as “game changing” by industry insiders and has won multiple awards.
Dura Platform Installation Case Study – Needham Market
Completed in a 36 Hour Possession.
Key Benefits of Dura Platform
- Time Savings – As Dura Platform can be installed rapidly by skilled contractors, it requires fewer possessions compared to a conventional re-build approach and allows for work to be carried out at difficult locations where a more traditional approach would be prohibitive.
- Cost Savings – The overall outlay cost is less than a traditional re-build approach, and adjustments can be made quickly and easily to suit the requirements of future rolling stock.
- Dramatically Improved Lifecycle – Dura Platform has a design life in excess of 60 years, making it a truly futureproof solution. There are many clever features of the product that allow it to be tailored to the environment.
- Low Maintenance – Not only is the composite surface itself incredibly low-maintenance, but additions such as the yellow tactile integrated with the platform edge have practically eliminated the ongoing cost of platform edge painting.
Dura Platform for Platform Overlays and Extensions
Dependent on your project and site conditions, Dura Platform is available in thicknesses of 40 and 100mm. Its hidden fixing system minimises trip hazards, and the platform can be specified with a range of anti-slip surfaces to blend into different surroundings.
With a span of 1.3m per 5kN/m2, Dura Platform 40 is ideally suited for:
- Overlay Projects
- Stepping Distance issues
- Extensions using existing substructure
- Surface improvements
With a span of 3.2m per 5kN/m2, Dura Platform 100 is ideally suited for:
- Overlays with excessive gauging issues
- New Builds
Dura Platform can be fitted with energy efficient LEDs to the front edge of the coper unit, adjacent to the white nosing, improving visibility of the platform edge for passenger safety.
Available in both single or double lighting strips in white, blue or other colours, the Dura Platform LEDs present no trip hazard. Safe and visible, the LED strips are low maintenance, have low overall running costs and have an instant aesthetic impact, making platforms appear lighter and brighter.
Dura Platform is a Precision Engineered Product Designed for Many Rail Applications
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?
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, providing increased opportunities compared to traditional materials.
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.
Pultruded Fibreglass Dura Platform
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. New platforms can be installed in days rather than weeks
Why Not Just Use Concrete?
Composites are Far More Durable and Long-Lasting
Concrete vs. Composites
Although concrete’s principal quality is its strength, it is also concrete’s main drawback making it a heavy product to use. 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.
Dura Composites’ Fibreglass Pultruded Platforms are the Latest Development for Network Rail
Dura Platform is an excellent choice for any platform application that may be affected by possession time. FRP composite platforms are now 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.