Rail Technology leader Bombardier Transportation has
recently unveiled its new testing and commissioning facility at its
UK design and manufacturing site in Derby, UK. The facility was
formally opened by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Right
Honourable Patrick McLoughlin MP, in a ceremony held on May 13th
2016, attended by senior rail industry professionals.
Image above of Secretary of State for Transport Patrick
McLoughlin at Bombardier Transportation's Derby plant on May
The facility on Bombardier's Litchurch Lane site measures
approximately 250m by 40m, enabling it to handle four ten-carriage
The work included the construction of four multi-functional
train lines, each with full length overhead lines and inspection
pits containing a full range of services that will be fully
accessible by rail at both ends, connecting into the existing test
Image above of The first Class 387 Electrostar EMU for Great
Western Railway in the new testing shed at Bombardier's Derby
Fibergrate Composites Structures, the UK's leading provider of
GRP safety solutions were approached by principal contractor,
Balfour Beatty to provide open and covered mesh grating to various
locations at Litchuch Lane.
GRP and open mesh grating is versatile, reliable, high quality
flooring and a credible alternative to steel mesh grating. With
proven reliability in high traffic areas giving excellent slip
resistance it works equally well in all sorts of aggressive and
corrosive environments and at extremes of temperature.
Image above of GRP grating at the new testing and
Based on more than 40 years' experience using advanced GRP
products Fibergrate were able to offer Balfour Beatty a turnkey
design, manufacture, fabrication and installation service within an
extremely short time frame. Fibergrate's Fabrication Services Group
has successfully completed more than 50,000 fabrication and
installation projects worldwide.
Fibergrate's approach combined with industry expertise,
knowledge, specialist trade skills and hands-on management meant
the GRP element of the project was delivered on time/budget and to
the complete satisfaction of the client.
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