Our Fibreglass (FRP/GRP) Rail Applications and Products
Composite materials are playing an increasingly prominent role in the Rail industry thanks to their lightweight nature, durability and fire performance qualities. Composites offer significant improvements over traditional materials and are providing innovative and sustainable solutions for a range of key rail projects.
If you’re a designer in rail infrastructure, we can help support your design services across all phases of the rail project lifecycle by providing detailed technical specifications for our award-winning product range. We have an extensive library of previous projects which are approved and installed throughout the rail network.
Our industry leading solutions are made from high-strength and low weight Glass Reinforced Plastic, (also sometimes known as fibreglass, GRP or FRP Fibre Reinforced Plastic) and help solve the key challenges of capacity, reliability and efficiency faced by everyday rail businesses.
Dura Composites is proud of the diverse clients we work with in both the Railway Infrastructure and Construction Industries, including Network Rail, London Underground, Crossrail and major rail contractors.
We are members of Achilles RISQS – the rail industry’s supplier registration and qualification scheme, (formerly known as Link-Up), so you can buy from us with confidence.
Key products include our composite train station platform Dura Platform, GRP flooring made from Dura Grating, GRP handrails, Dura Slab trench covers and fibreglass structures, as well as low maintenance GRP Ballast Retention HCE systems, trackside walkways, pedestrian footbridges and bridge walkways.
Dura Composites are also members of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) and recently won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
All Dura Composites products for infrastructure and civil works offer a fantastic lifecycle cost and are suitable for a wide range of new build and refurbishment rail projects.
Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites (FRPs) are supplied by Dura Composites and are being used effectively in a huge range of trackside rail application such as lineside walkways, trackside fencing, embankment staircases, railway bridges and parapet systems. Dura Composites has also developed patented composite Ballast Retention systems – which sit at the side of railway tracks and protect vital trackside components from damage and offer high strength and low maintenance benefits, saving track operators time and money.
Maintenance Areas & Traincare Depots
Reliability is the key to running a successful railway, and ensuring that equipment is correctly maintained is key in making sure that a rail system is as aafe as possible. Repair and maintenance facilities used to keep the equipment in good condition should run as efficiently as possible, and the use of composite materials that last longer than traditional products, or eliminate downtime altogether, can lead to significant cost savings for rail systems.
Platforms & Accessories
Dura Platform 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 has won multiple awards. 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.
Structural Beam Sections
Our GRP structural beam sections are known as Dura Profile and offer a superb strength to weight ratio, thermal and electric non-conductivity and excellent corrosion resistance. We stock a wide range of standard GRP structural profile sections in RAL colour 7043 including Box sections, Channels, I-Beams, Angles and Tubes. We also offer an extensive custom range for specific projects and applications across the rail industry.