Rail Industry Investment in Composites on the Rise

Over the next six years, £47.9 billion is set to be spent on the operation, maintenance and renewal of railways as part of a government initiative to become more focused on issues that matter most to passengers. The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% (£100 million) between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum.

Composites are widely used in a number of industries: aerospace, automotive, marine and many more where the strength to weight ratio is critical. Other industries are now moving to adopt composites at a rapid rate. One such example is rail.

The rising interest in and use of composite products in rail has led Composites UK to join forces with the Rail Alliance to help companies understand these new materials and how they can be used to solve industry challenges.

New Projects

Oldham Tram Station, Manchester, UK

Fibrelite eliminated manual handling problems associated with previously installed concrete covers by providing a lightweight retrofit replacement which can be manually removed safely and quickly by operators.

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Rail Maintenance Facility, Doncaster, UK

Fibrelite eliminated potential manual handling issues by manufacturing bespoke access covers over essential utilities that can be safely and quickly removed.

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