CEMEX Builds Rail Crossing for one of Britain’s Busiest Stations - CEMEX Builds Rail Crossing for one of Britain’s Busiest Stations
June 21, 2017
CEMEX constructed the biggest rail crossing ever developed by the company in the UK. Part of London’s rail services, the multiple crossing consists of 10 sets of switches and 1,800 meters of rail track.
CEMEX tailor made the multiple crossing on behalf of Progress Rail, rail parts supplier for Network Rail, company managing most of the rail network in the United Kingdom. The rail crossing is being laid outside Waterloo station, which is comprised of 24 platforms with an estimated 99.1 million passenger journeys annually—equivalent to three people per second getting on and off at the terminus. Thus, the crossing is part of a complex rail track feeding this station, one of the busiest in the country.
Made of concrete, the rail crossing benefits from a stronger structure and a longer life span. Additionally, the 1,800-meter crossing was designed and constructed on a site located approximately 80 kilometers from London. Each concrete bearer was numbered and color-coded before stacking and transporting to the assembly facility, then onto a rail yard for layout and addition of the track.
“There were many challenges in the production of this large, complex multiple crossing. The main issue was ensuring the data transfer of the 1:50 drawing into the data sets that we would use within our production process to the actual crossing and ensuring that each rail position was within 1 millimeter of its set position. Add to this the complexity of each individual bearer, together with the sheer volume of individual units and concrete, it was quite a challenge,” said Terence Clair, Operations Manager for CEMEX UK.
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.