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Safeguarding Railways: Key Products to Enhance Safety

Railway safety is paramount to ensure the well being of passengers, employees, and the smooth operation of the rail network. To achieve this, various safety measures and products play a crucial role in safeguarding railways. In this blog, we will explore five types of key systems designed to improve railway safety:


Handrail System

Handrail systems are an integral part of railway safety infrastructure. These systems provide support to passengers while boarding or alighting from trains and help prevent accidents by keeping them within designated areas.


Handrail systems can be equipped with Mesh Panels which offer additional protection by acting as a barrier to prevent falls onto the tracks. These handrail systems are made from sturdy materials such as stainless steel or GRP and designed for durability and resistance to harsh weather conditions. By choosing the appropriate handrail system for specific railway locations, safety and functionality can be enhanced effectively.


There are several types of handrail systems commonly used in railway safety:


Ball Standard Handrail System: This type of handrail system incorporates ball-shaped connectors, which allow for versatile and secure railings. Ball standard systems are known for their strength and adaptability. They are often used on platforms, walkways, and staircases.


Clamp Fittings Handrail System: Tube clamp handrail systems are characterised by their use of clamps to secure tubes or pipes as handrails. These systems are known for their simplicity and ease of installation. Tube clamp systems are frequently employed in railway stations for their durability and low maintenance requirements.


GRP Clamp Fittings Handrail System: Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) clamp systems utilise GRP handrails with specialised clamps for secure installation. These systems offer the benefits of GRP, such as corrosion resistance and durability, making them ideal for outdoor railway environments. They are particularly suitable for locations where environmental factors can affect traditional metal handrails.


GRP Flooring

GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) flooring solutions are a game-changer in enhancing railway safety. GRP flooring includes various components like moulded grating panels, platforms, tread covers, and stair nosing. These products offer exceptional slip resistance, even in wet conditions, reducing the risk of accidents caused by slips and falls on stairs and walkways. Additionally, GRP flooring is lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and highly durable, making it ideal for railway environments.



Staircase System

Staircases within railway stations and facilities require special attention to safety. High-quality staircases are essential to ensure quick transfer between levels or platforms while minimising the risk of accidents. Non-slip surfaces, handrails, and adequate lighting are key features of safe railway staircases. Modern design and material choices, such as GRP stair nosing for added grip, contribute to a safer railway environment.



Pedestrian Barriers

Pedestrian barriers are crucial for guiding passenger flow and ensuring their safety within railway stations. These barriers help manage crowd movement and prevent unauthorised access to restricted areas, such as railway tracks. Pedestrian barriers come with various supportive products, including gates, and Guard Rail barriers. They enhance railway security by controlling access points and reducing the risk of accidents or security breaches.




Bollards

Bollards are robust, short posts strategically placed along railway platforms and tracks to protect against unauthorised vehicle access and collisions. These safety products serve as both a visual deterrent and a physical barrier, preventing luggage from entering areas where they pose a risk to passengers and railway infrastructure. Bollards can be designed to withstand impact and are often constructed from durable materials like steel or concrete.




Safeguarding railways is a collective effort involving the implementation of various safety measures and products. The five key systems discussed in this blog play an essential role in enhancing railway safety. By investing in these systems and continuously improving railway infrastructure, we can ensure safer travel experiences for passengers and a more secure railway network for all.


Visit the following completed projects that Kite had the pride to supply Permanent Safe Access Systems to:


- Edinburgh Tram project

- Eastfield Railway Maintenance Project

- The Forth Bridge Project


Here at Kite Group Ltd, we are happy to help assess the required safety systems your site needs. Either by phone, email or visiting your site, let’s share success stories with others.

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