In partnership with the Staffordshire Alliance, our GRP mammal ledges are part of the West Coast Mainline upgrade.
Meeting sensitive environmental requirements, mammal boards allow wild animals, to safely commute under bridges. GRP is the perfect material in damp environments to provide a long lasting, maintenance-free solution.
£250m upgrade to the West Coast Main Line – delivered under budget over a year ahead of schedule.
Staffordshire Alliance includes Laing O’Rourke, Network Rail, Atkins and Volker Rail. It is the industry’s first pure construction alliance and won the Collaborative Working accolade at the UK Railway Industry Awards in 2016 as well as Outstanding Project (over £20m) at the UK Railway Industry Awards in 2017.
The £250m upgrade to the West Coast Main Line includes 10 kilometres of new line and was delivered under budget over a year ahead of schedule.
In addition to a larger package of works for GRP safety handrails around bridges and parapets, we also fabricated and installed runs of mammal ledges under Norton Bridge on the West Coast Main Line. To ensure environmental standards, Mammal boards are required to allow wildlife, in this case, Otters, to pass under bridges rather than being forced up onto the railway line. It is understood that otters do not like high flows under bridges and instead, head over the bridge which can sadly end in injury or death.
Mammal boards, also known as mammal ledges are required to be 45cm to 60cm wide and 15cm above the highest flood level. Headroom of at least 60cm allows otters to easily use these culverts. To enable claws to grip the surface, it must be rough and therefore, GRP Anti-Slip is a practical solution. As glass reinforced plastic doesn’t require any maintenance and is long-lasting, even in wet and damp environments, it is the perfect material for mammal ledges.
27th March 2020
We would like to reassure all customers and enquirers that we remain open for business, while carefully following Government guidelines issued here:
The majority of our administration staff are working remotely and we have rostered production staff to make numbers available to meet demand.
We are able to provide the full range of our standard products from stock to serve any ongoing requirements you may have and will be pleased to receive any invitations to quote for future projects.
At the present time, in accordance with social distancing regulations we will not be conducting face to face meetings with business partners until further notice. However it may be possible to arrange video link meetings if required, please contact us for further information.
Collections of orders from our workshops are possible, by prior arrangement only please and visitors are reminded to observe the standard 2m distancing rules, for the safety of all.
Our transport partners are all providing us with a normal service.
We will update this statement if required and following any further guidance issued by the UK Government.
We wish you well.