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Project: Needham Market Rail Station Platform, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8AS

Client: Hammond (ecs) Ltd, Abellio Greater Anglia

Design & Build Contractor: Hammond (ecs) Ltd

Interesting Facts

  • Needham Market Station serviced 103,353 passengers between March 2019 – April 2020.
  • Out of a total of 2569 stations in the UK, Needham Market is the 1739th busiest station. (data ref from Table 1410 – Passenger entries and exits and interchanges by station – updated 22 July 2021)

Needham Market is a railway station situated in the East of England, operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. In spring of 2015, the previous concrete platform at Platform 2 was replaced with a new composite fibreglass platform solution known as Dura Platform.

The radical award-winning Dura Platform design is a precision engineered FRP product manufactured by pultrusion process which complies with National Rail specifications and offers significant improvements over traditional alternatives – including a dramatic reduction in possession time and sizeable overall project cost savings.

The solution was developed following an in depth consultation and planning process with key stakeholders Abellio Greater Anglia (AGA) and Network Rail, to ensure that both the financial considerations of the operators, the logistics of carrying out works and the needs of passengers were fully taken into account.

Commenting on the installation of Dura Platform at Needham Market, which took just 36 hours, Simone Bailey, Asset Management Director at Abellio Greater Anglia 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.

Unlocking the Power of Composites™ for the Rail Sector

Dura Composites’ are two time winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and have extensive experience in the Rail sector. The d² range of Dura Composites products for railway stations and trackside environments deploy unique patented designs and the latest composite technology to deliver the safest, most cost-effective and durable solutions on the market.

Key benefits include a superb strength to weight ratio, lightweight, non-corrosive, non-conductive and a low maintenance lifecycle. With a wealth of detailed technical information based on real-world testing criteria, Dura Composites can provide extensive loading data, span information and technical drawings to support the document control system requirements for any project.

Dura Platform 100

Dura Platform 100, which spans up to 3.4m can be used for platform extensions, replacements or new builds. The product can even be specified with integral LED lighting to provide additional safety at the track edge. It is available in a range of surface finishes to match existing surroundings and have an anti-slip surface which is crankable to allow easy water drainage.

Specify Dura Platform 100 on NBS Source

Why Dura Platform?

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. Even those that don’t require complete replacement need regular maintenance which can drain resources and cause passenger disruption.

Traditionally concrete has been used, but works can require long possessions and Road Rail Vehicles are normally 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.

Dura Platform is a breakthrough composite product which solves all of these challenges and more in record time. The solution has a host of revolutionary features and allows contractors to replace or overlay onto damaged or subsided platforms a low maintenance, modular, lightweight, height adjustable structure that enhances safety with anti-slip surface options, in-built water management, integral lines, optional integral lighting and snow melting capability, all with similar or lower overall project costs than concrete.

  • Network Rail Compliant
  • Anti-Slip Surface
  • Low Maintenance
  • Fast Install Times

Contact our Specialist Rail Team about our Composite solutions

Dura Composites are helping to answer the major challenges facing Britain’s railway network such as capacity, reliability and efficiency. Composite materials are a realistic long term alternative across a wide range of applications within the Rail Industry in replacing traditional materials.

Call us on 01255 440291

Richard Palmer

Rail Sector Sales Manager

Megan​ Hewett

UK Rail Structures Manager

Martin​ Strawford

Technical Solutions Manager

Victoria Lockyear

Rail Sales Executive