New composite ballast retention system keeps Network Rail on track

By Stuart Burns July 26, 2013

Following Network Rail’s approval of our new Ballast Retention System (BRS), it has been selected by several key Network Rail contractors including Amco, Osborne and Dyer & Butler.

Our Ballast Retention technology is helping engineers gain greater access to examine hidden critical parts of structures in order to undertake key safety checks and take intervention action where necessary.

The innovative fibreglass solution offers significant improvements over traditional materials, including increased strength to weight ratio, high resistance to impact and resistance to fire and corrosion.

Due to the limited time available for BRS installations and the complexity of on-site assembly works, we recognised the importance of minimising the risk of delays. With this in mind, we developed an optional fabrication service that utilised UK held stock in conjunction with a bespoke fabrication service to allow call off as required to site. This significantly reduced the on-site time and allowed for a faster project turnaround.

Unusually, we conducted full live-load testing of components and fabricated parts to ensure approval against specification, and mock-up materials were provided on site to enable the installation process to be fully reviewed with Network Rail and their Contractors.

In addition, the Dura team provided bespoke support for each installation to allow for the inclusion of enhanced speed and safety features such as the supply of GRP Handrailing, bespoke lockable HCE Inspection Hatches, Web Stiffeners to suit particular dimensions and bespoke Fabricated Access Staircases.

Dura Ballast Retention System