Designed as full load bearing, direct replacements, GRP steps & walkway products offer a complete solution to regulatory conformance in the refurbishment of overline bridges.
The refurbishment of station facilities will include inspection of any older over-line pedestrian bridges taking into account the Building Regulations and Equality Act legislation. Corroding metalwork and rotting timbers in stairs & walkways can readily be substituted by Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) structures and surfaces.
These product types make an ideal choice for renewals:
- Steps & Risers
- Walkway decking panels
GRP products will not rust or rot, nor will they need painting as the colour is throughout the product and they are easy to clean too. Medium acquisition and low life-cycle costs are also significant. Should substantial damage ever occur to any components, modular construction allows for quick, easy & low-cost repairs.
Walking surfaces are finished with a highly durable, Anti-slip coating incorporating refined aluminium oxide grit. Plain black risers can be built into the new designs for steps where they may have been absent from original installation.
Lightweight composite materials reduce the long term static loads on existing structures.
The use of composite materials for infrastructure renewals and improvements on the UK’s railway system has gathered pace in recent years.
GRP systems have benefits which show clear advantages over alternative proposals (steel, concrete & timber), with a combination of desirable characteristics:
- Corrosion resistance
- Maintenance free
- Low life cycle costs
- Rapid fit times
- Insulating properties