Modular Rail Platform From Recycled Rubber
Amsterdam, The Netherlands- based design, engineering and management firm Arcadis has designed a modular railway station platform made entirely from recycled rubber. The low-carbon modular platform system has been launched by UK-based groundworks and civil engineering firm Scott Parnell in partnership with Footprint Civil Solutions and Rosehill Rail. Arcadis acted as design partner on the project.
According to its developers, the Footprint Modular Platform “has the potential to revolutionize platform construction, thanks to reduced installation times, low maintenance requirements, and importantly a significantly reduced carbon footprint”.
They claim their product can save more than 25,000 kgs of carbon dioxide emissions for a typical 36m platform extension, when compared to traditional construction methods.
Manufactured in the UK by Rosehill Rail, using a proprietary cold cure compression molding process, to ensure short lead times, the Footprint Modular Platform is made to Network Rail specifications and distributed by Scott Parnell’s extensive network.
Each platform can be faced to match the existing aesthetics of the station.
“We’re very proud to be the design partner of this innovative, low-carbon solution, which reflects our business’ purpose of improving quality of life through the production of sustainable infrastructure, Arcadis principal engineer Ben King said.
The platform system is simple to construct, reducing the associated health and safety risks of site work on the rail network, providing benefits to all
As a company Scott Parnell is thrilled to be one of the partners bringing this incredible innovation to market, Rail Director Sharon Meek said.
“While we continue to shape our infrastructure to meet modern demands, we must also find solutions which are greener and more efficient. Footprint does just that; the carbon savings are immense and the installation simplified to meet program constraints and offer the client a solution to constructing greener,” she said.
© Scrap Tire News, August 2022