Dura Composites Reaches Key Milestone With Over 6500 Square Metres of FRP Dura Platform Supplied in Last 12 Months Alone
Dura Composites has completed the supply of more than 6500 square metres of its award-winning Dura Platform in just 12 months. Not only has the company surpassed its own initial goal of 3000 sqm, but the speed at which this ground-breaking composite station platform solution can be deployed has also exceeded the expectations of rail contractors and station operators alike.
Dura Platform is a precision engineered product made from Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) which complies with Network Rail specifications and offers significant improvements over traditional alternatives such as concrete. The product has been described as “game changing” by industry insiders and won ‘Best new Track or Infrastructure Product’ at last year’s Railtex.
The past 12 months have seen a phenomenal uptake in Dura Platform, with multiple installations completed across the UK, and several more in progress at key transport hub stations such as East Croydon.
Dura Platform was developed to solve the challenges faced by the Rail industry as a result of station platforms requiring replacement or refurbishment as they reach the end of their service life, often after more than a century of heavy use.
Usually, works using materials such as concrete can require long possessions and Road Rail Vehicles are required for the transportation of materials. Even when concrete is used, there is still no easy solution to fixing the problem of stepping distances between the train and the platform when subsidence means they have become out of gauge. Habitually these types of platform projects take 8-10 weeks to complete using traditional materials, but with Dura Platform, work can be completed within just 36 hours!
Dura Platform allows contractors to replace or overlay onto damaged or subsided platforms a low maintenance, modular light-weight, height adjustable structure that enhances safety with anti-slip surface options, in-built water management, integral lines, integral lighting, snow melting capability and that has similar or lower overall project costs than concrete.
Dura Platform is available in thicknesses of 40 and 100 mm, with Dura Platform 100 spanning up to 3.2m clear span. Its hidden fixing system minimises trip hazards, and the platform can be specified with anti-slip surfaces to blend into different surroundings - such as a high end marble look for the concourse or a tarmac finish to match existing platforms.
Critically, Dura Platform allows installations to be carried out with minimal disruption to passengers, as well as benefitting all other parties involved including the station and train operator, Network Rail (the infrastructure owner and operator) and wider stakeholders.
Not only is money saved due to lower labour costs, fewer possessions and easier handling of goods, but there is less disruption for the consumer versus traditional concrete systems. The nature of the product and its ease of handling allows for work to be carried out at difficult locations where a more traditional approach would be a logistical nightmare.
Commenting on the installation of Dura Platform at Needham Market station in Suffolk, Simone Bailey, Asset Management Director at Abellio Greater Anglia (the Station Operator) said;
"We are always looking to improve stations for the customers and communities we serve. This innovative approach delivers a better platform for passengers, which is durable, more cost effective and quicker and easier to install“.