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Rail Station Platforms & Accessories

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, our composite station platform offer 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 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.

Dura Platform can span up to an industry-leading 3.2m clear span and is capable of being man-handled, eliminating the need for costly RRVs or heavy lifting equipment. Its hidden fixing system minimises trip hazards, and the platform is also crankable to create an instant 1:40 fall to manage drainage.

Our latest innovation for Dura Platform includes the option of a solid surface on the 600mm plank which removes the need for longitudinal cover plates to cover the fixings and provides a uniform, aesthetically pleasing finish.

Dura Platform Installation Solutions

Dura Platform can cut platform installation time by up to 65% – benefiting passengers who are able to re-access the station sooner and saving labour costs for rail contractors.

We employ TWO railway platform installation methods, both utilising our advanced platform surface, Dura Platform 40. Whatever your platform requirements, our solutions cover any scenario. The GRP/Steel Hybrid Platform Installation is designed primarily for new platforms and platform extensions.  For platform refurbishment and rapid deployment, we have collaborated with Hammond ecs Ltd to deliver the Mountbridge™ solution suitable for overlays and re-gauging which allows for easy stepping distance adjustments.

GRP/Steel Hybrid Platform Installation

Recommended for new build platform construction and platform extensions, our Queens Award winning GRP/Steel Hybrid solution. Combines the strength of a steel foundation with a rapid deployment hard-wearing GRP Dura Platform surface.

Mountbridge™ Platform Overlay Installation

A platform refurbishment solution in collaboration with Hammond ecs ltd, fully compatible with Dura Platform panels, suitable for overlay and re-gauging, allowing for easy stepping distance adjustments. Can be easily deployed to rectify Platform Train Interface (PTI) stepping distance issues.

Introducing our GRP Rail Platform Product: Dura Platform 40

Dura Platform 40 is ideal for use in scenarios where the substructure can be adapted to suit a 1.5m clear span. The key benefits of Dura Platform 40 are the cost, weight, and modular install methodology advantage.

Suitable for overlays & Re-Guaging with Anti-Slip Surface tested to BS 7976 (Patent No GB 2 523 381). Achieves a clear span of 1500mm with a 5kN UDL at L/300 deflection. Weight per m2 = 35.55kgs / Approx. m2.


Dura Platform panels are designed to interlock to minimise independent panel deflection.


New discreet cams to improve aesthetics (Patent Application No GB 18 19754.1)

Key Benefits of Dura Platform 40


Span of 1.5m per 5kN/m2 UDL


Solid Surface on the 600mm Plank


Aesthetically Pleasing Finish


Design Life of 60+ years


Reduce On-site Fabrication


Improved Heating Distribution


Improved Fire Performance (Network Rail Approved)


Cost Effective Pricing

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.

  

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.

  

Dura Platform Options

There are a range of options which can be specified for Dura Platform 40, such as fully integrated tactile recesses, illumination of the coper and integrated heating to remove frost & ice build up.

Lighting Options

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.

Surface Treatment

Dura Platform has been developed with an extremely hard wearing anti-slip finish as standard, in an attractive dark grey colour which suits all station environments. The surface is easy to maintain and over-achieves on Network Rail’s anti-slip specification in both wet and dry conditions.

Dura Composites’ unique high specification composition has been rigorously tested (in accordance with BS 7976-2:2002+A1:2013) and achieves ultra-low slip potential in both wet and dry conditions.

We’ve gone above and beyond the standard testing procedure used by others and invested further to ensure that our test conditions simulated the effects of more than 3 months’ worth of pendulum testing, to accurately assess the long term performance and durability of Dura Platform.

Heating Options

Snow and ice can cause serious problems for the railways. Drifting snow from platforms and embankments can coat the electrified rail, preventing trains from drawing power and blocking lines
and snow and ice on platforms can delay passengers and cause painful trips and falls.

Traditional methods of snow and ice removal by station operators such as manual sweeping and salting or chemical de-icing are labour-intensive, have limited effectiveness and cause accelerated corrosion and deterioration of the platform and support structures.

Dura Platform can be specified with an integral heating system to keep platforms free of snow and ice in extreme weather conditions. Dura Composites’ innovative Platform Heating System removes the need for cost-intensive snow and ice clearing, whilst at the same time increasing platform safety for station users.

Hatches

Underslung services can be easily introduced in accessible locations with hatch access for simplified Mechanical and Electrical maintenance and installation. Check out our GRP/Steel Hybrid platform video for more information.

Trash / Debris Screens

Dura Composites trash and debris screens can be easily added to help reduce debris build up under the platform structure which could become a fire hazard. Made from our high strength, but low weight Dura Grating and Dura Profile, they are suitable for both new build and platform refurbishments, and also help assist with rodent control.

End of Platform Gates and Fences

Dura Composites’ End of Platform gates and fencing have been developed as an alternative to steel due to their non-conductive properties, making them extremely suitable for electrified rail environments.

Made from strong but lightweight GRP, they can be used for a wide range of station applications such as end of platform gates, platform perimeter fencing and screening of electrical works.

We can supply self-closing gates to complement our handrail systems. Gates are provided with spring assembly and can be hinged to an adjoining handrail stanchion or bolted to a suitable fixing plate.

Mounted Tactile Surface & Wayfinding

Dura Composites recommends the market leading tactile solution from Viztek Ltd. Viztek are the only company in the UK that both manufacture and install surface mounted tactile paving, providing a one stop shop. When combined with Dura Composites’ platform, footbridge and walkway products, the tactiles offer an ideal solution for navigation and disability routes.

Tactiles, with their raised dots or stripes, provide both warning and information to vision-impaired people to help make the station environment more accessible. They provide a good contrast in colour with the surrounding flooring area to assist visually impaired people to understand that they should proceed with caution.

Associated Station Products

Structural Landings for Pedestrian Footbridges

Structural Stair Treads

Stair Tread Nosing Strips

Station Footbridge Walls & Ceilings

Station Exterior & Platform Canopies

Station Platform Case Studies

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

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Rail Platform & Accessories | GRP Products for the Rail Industry

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