Fibergrate Deliver GRP Safety Solution At New Testing And Commissioning Facility

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 13.

The facility on Bombardier's Litchurch Lane site measures approximately 250m by 40m, enabling it to handle four ten-carriage trains.

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 track facilities.


Image above of The first Class 387 Electrostar EMU for Great Western Railway in the new testing shed at Bombardier's Derby plant.

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.

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Image above of GRP grating at the new testing and commissiong shed.

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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“Fibergrate were able to offer Balfour Beatty a turnkey design, manufacture, fabrication and installation service within an extremely short time frame”.

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