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Saxmundham, Suffolk

GRP Rail Station Platform | Case Study

Project: Saxmundham, Suffolk, Station Platform

Client: Roberts & Sale Construction Ltd, Greater Anglia, Scot Rail

Design & Build Contractors: Haden Evans, Roberts & Sale Construction Ltd

Interesting Facts

  • Saxmundham serviced 170,400 between March 2019 – April 2020.
  • Out of a total of 2569 stations in the UK, Saxmundham is the 1511th busiest station. (data ref from Table 1410 – Passenger entries and exits and interchanges by station – updated 22 July 2021)

When tasked with bringing a fresh approach to a planned railway project with incredibly tight deadlines, we relish the challenge. In the video below, you’ll hear from Greater Anglia and Roberts & Sale how a degraded timber platform was replaced with a new adjustable GRP Dura Platform solution in just 9 days!

With a reputation for design assistance and the supply of safe, innovative, cost-efficient composite products, Dura Composites were able to supply platform material from the extensive stocks at our 2.5-acre Operations Centre in the East of England. We’re proud to have collaborated with our industry partners on this rewarding project, with contract awarded, designed, supplied & installed, all within 8 weeks!

It’s great to play our part in keeping passengers and goods moving with minimal disruption and to see a project delivered safely through these testing times. If you’ve got a project you’d like to talk to us about, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Dura Platform 40

Dura Platform 40 is suitable to enable the re-gauging of existing platforms to meet PTI requirements by overlaying onto existing structures, or for extension and refurbishment of steel and concrete trestle systems. This innovative modular system is an approved product on Network Rails infrastructure list and meets specifications for composite platforms – spanning up to 1.5 m. This product was selected due to the fact it can be moved into position without heavy equipment, reducing cost and overall installation time.

Specify Dura Platform 40 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