BACKGROUND – AN OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT SITUATION
Rail Safety Solutions Ltd (RSS) tendered and won a contract for Colas Rail in July 2017 to complete a series of rail construction works in conjunction with the North Wales Wrexham to Chester Dual Tracking Project in Rossett. The project consisted within a small area of the Rossett line, primarily around the Broadoak Level Crossing where the majority of the works were scheduled.
Colas Rail requested the support of RSS to rebuild new fencing around a Relay Room and construct fencing support underneath an existing barrier that was adjacent to Broadoak Level Crossing. RSS were tasked to create a time saving option that would not jeopardise the safety of the project or the structural integrity of the current works.
SOLUTION – HOW WE IMPROVED SAFE TRACK ACCESS
Meetings between Colas Rail and RSS were held and the best solutions for the Relay Room and the support fencing were finalised. RSS began working on the agreed methods, these included; inserting a road curb in-between the gap in the Relay Room fencing, which was deemed the quickest and most efficient method of closing the gap. The second method was to lay down 80 metres of ballast board against a bordering fence to reinforce the existing structure, with the use of one of the most popular items in the ‘Magnetic Suite’; the Magnetic Barrier Fencing, total protection of the workforce from the nearby open line was achieved.
A small team of specialised RSS employees were tasked to undertake the project. The Relay Room works consisted of a simple and effective solution of closing the gap, this was achieved by raising the surrounding ground with road curbs thus saving the client time and money as well as eliminating potential trip hazards around the area.
The Ballast Board was installed around an existing fence structure. It was crucial that the works must not undermine the structural integrity of the fence in anyway as it was bordered with private property. The Magnetic Barrier Fencing was used throughout the project, which was essential in keeping the workforce safe without the use of a Line Block, a Lookout or a variety of Track Warning Systems.
CONCLUSIONS / RESULTS – WHAT BENEFIT WAS THIS FOR THE CLIENT
The project took a collective total of 11 days to complete and has been highly praised by the Site Manager who overlooked the project. As a result of the work, the numerous fencing structures around the whole area have been reinforced to a much higher standard and will help the area to be more secure for rail workers and the general public alike.