Composite Station Platforms
Dura Platform can be Easily Installed in Hours
Dura Platform: The Queen’s Award-Winning Composite Station Platform
Dura Platform is a breakthrough composite product made from Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) which complies with Network Rail specifications and is suitable for both new build and refurbishment projects as a low maintenance and cost-saving alternative to traditional materials such as concrete.
In April 2020, it was announced that the pioneering Dura Platform rapid-deployment solution had won the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the category of innovation. The Queen’s Awards are a royal seal of approval for the UK’s most outstanding businesses, and Dura’s 2020 award recognises the true innovation in this height-adjustable composite GRP train station platform that not only reduces gaps between the train and platform edge to enhance passenger safety, but is also rapidly installed and therefore reduces passenger disruption.
The best anti-slip surface on the market
Dura Platform features our best ever gritted surface which is tested to over 1 million footfalls (in accordance with BS 7976-2:2002+A1:2013) and outperforms all other products in the market when it comes to durability and anti-slip properties. Our unique high specification composition achieves ultra-low slip potential in both wet and dry conditions and what’s more, the slip potential of the surface is proven to reduce by a mere 5% after 1 million footfalls.
How does Dura Composites make station platforms safer?
Dura Platform Installation Case Study – Needham Market
Key Benefits of Dura Platform
- Time Savings – As Dura Platform can be installed rapidly by skilled contractors, it requires fewer possessions compared to a conventional re-build approach and allows for work to be carried out at difficult locations where a more traditional approach would be prohibitive.
- Cost Savings – The overall outlay cost is less than a traditional re-build approach, and adjustments can be made quickly and easily to suit the requirements of future rolling stock.
- Dramatically Improved Lifecycle – Dura Platform has a design life in excess of 60 years, making it a truly futureproof solution. There are many clever features of the product that allow it to be tailored to the environment.
- Low Maintenance – Not only is the composite surface itself incredibly low-maintenance, but additions such as the yellow tactile integrated with the platform edge have practically eliminated the ongoing cost of platform edge painting.
It’s been almost 30 years since the first GRP composites were installed as part of Britain’s transport network within bridge structures, but the composite material innovation that the industry has seen since then has been staggering.
The market for composites is growing rapidly as Rail asset owners reap the benefits that a low-maintenance, lightweight, non-conductive and robust alternative to traditional materials can have on the modernisation of ageing infrastructures.
With over 4.7 million rail journeys made in the UK every day, the stations where people start and end their journeys are a key focus for improvements to the passenger experience. Changes to rolling stock require longer platforms, and Victorian platform installations require replacement or refurbishment as they reach the end of their service life after more than a century of heavy use.
Traditionally, remedial works using materials such as concrete can require long possessions and Road Rail Vehicles are required for the transportation of associated 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 Composites entered the Rail Industry with an award-winning platform solution in 2014 – the patented GRP Dura Platform. Since then the Dura Composites offering has evolved to include a wide range of industry-approved product solutions for the Rail Industry.
Rail Product Guide
Station Platforms & Associated Products
Take a look at our product brochure, showcasing our award winning composite solutions for railway stations including platforms, footbridges, end of platform gates, fencing and canopies.
Composite Station Platforms for Platform Overlays and Extensions
Dependent on your project and site conditions, Dura Platform is available in thicknesses of 40 and 100mm. Its hidden fixing system minimises trip hazards, and the platform can be specified with a range of anti-slip surfaces to blend into different surroundings.
With a span of 1.3m per 5kN/m2 and weighing approx. 33kg/m2, Dura Platform 40 is ideally suited for:
- Overlay Projects
- Stepping Distance issues
- Extensions using existing substructure
- Surface improvements
With a span of 3.2m per 5kN/m2, Dura Platform 100 is ideally suited for:
- Overlays with excessive gauging issues
- New Builds
Dura Platform can be fitted with energy efficient LEDs to the front edge of the coper unit, adjacent to the white nosing, improving visibility of the platform edge for passenger safety.
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.
Dura Platform is a Precision Engineered Product Designed for Many Rail Applications
Dura Platform is an award-winning precision engineered product manufactured from pultruded fibreglass which complies with Network Rail specifications and offers significant improvements over traditional alternatives – including a dramatic reduction in possession time, plant required on track and sizeable overall project cost savings. Our composite rail 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.
Why Choose a Composite Platform in the Rail Industry?
In an industry where materials such as steel and concrete have long been King, the emergence of composites as a realistic long-term alternative for such a wide range of applications has surprised many, providing increased opportunities compared to traditional materials.
Traditionally used for structures and flooring, composite materials offer unrivalled opportunities versus traditional materials and are now being used for a range of new build and refurbishment Rail projects to help bring an end to passenger disruption, thanks to their quick installation and low maintenance requirements.
Pultruded Fibreglass Dura Platform
Pultruded fibreglass is a modern composite material and is formed by combining resin and pure glass fibres to produce ‘thermoset’ products which are renowned for their strength and durability. They offer a low-maintenance and cost-effective alternative to traditional materials and can be easily tooled for various platform uses and manufactured to meet almost any specification.
Its workability on site, lightweight structure, non-sparking and non conductive properties make it easy to install – meaning shorter possession times and a host of other real-world benefits. New platforms can be installed in days rather than weeks
Why Not Just Use Concrete?
Composites are Far More Durable and Long-Lasting
Concrete vs. Composites
Although concrete’s principal quality is its strength, it is also concrete’s main drawback making it a heavy product to use. Even small slabs can be difficult, if not impossible, to lift by hand, meaning jobs require a lot of manpower (if not heavy machinery) – all of which can prove costly and time consuming.
What’s more, difficulty moving slabs in and out of position will also make maintenance and routine inspections unnecessarily problematic. Further still, if a load limit is exceeded for some reason, concrete may crack – something that will often lead to a whole site being closed because of an inability to guarantee safety.
Dura Composites’ Fibreglass Pultruded Platforms are the Latest Development for Network Rail
Dura Platform is an excellent choice for any platform application that may be affected by possession time. FRP composite station platforms are now being used more frequently over traditional materials such as concrete and Tarmac. Dura have a wide selection of pultruded fibreglass platforms that can cater for both refurbishment or new build projects. The platform panel systems are 40mm or 100mm thickness depending on the project according to the load and span requirements.