Ibstock leads the way when it comes to Platform Solutions for the rail sector with a trio of products offering the lowest embodied carbon concrete platform coper in the UK.
Our range comprises the G-Tech Dual Coper, Trestle Slab Coping range and Low Carbon Tactile Paving. The concrete in both the G-Tech Coper and Trestle Coper has been manufactured with an 80% reduction of eCO2, giving an overall eCO2 reduction of 70% in both products.
The development of these new Platform Copers demonstrates how UK infrastructure can begin to be decarbonised by the application of innovation throughout systematic processes to deliver decarbonisation success, whilst continuing to meet the operational requirements.
Shaun Forrester, Ibstock’s Commercial Director – Infrastructure Division, commented: “The G-Tech coper was developed in conjunction with Network Rail to provide a high-performance product, whilst providing a major reduction in embodied carbon. A unique design blend mix was utilised within a bespoke manufacturing process to deliver this project.
“Incorporated within the G-Tech coper is a warning tactile deterrent, which is designed to keep blind and partially sighted rail travellers safe and away from the edge of the platform.”
The G-Tech benefits include:
Up to 80% reduction of eCO2 (providing an overall reduction of 70% in the coper)
High strength and durability
High slip resistance
Reduces trip hazards
Efficiency due to minimised laying times
Cost improvements compared to traditional methods
Incorporated warning Tactile deterrent (available in yellow or buff)
The Trestle Coper shares many of the same performance properties as the G-Tech Coper. Shaun Forrester commented: “We are the first company in the UK to manufacture platform solutions with such a significant reduction in embodied carbon and the trestle range of copers is an excellent retro-fit solution established for stations.”
Ibstock provides a separate low embodied carbon Tactile Paving solution, which provides an excellent retrofit solution to existing station platforms that do not currently have this safety feature, as well as being an excellent choice for new build construction. Network Rail has pledged to install tactile paving on all rail platforms in Britain by 2025, a move that has been welcomed by the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind), which conducted a RailSafe campaign after a partially sighted man fell to his death in 2020 off a platform that had no tactile paving.
Shaun Forrester concluded: “Ibstock has more than fifteen years’ experience in supplying high-quality platform copers to the rail sector through our rail and infrastructure specialist brand Anderton Concrete.
“We continue to develop products that encompass sustainability benefits and our proud to lead the market within the rail sector for platform solutions.”