Whittlesea level crossing renewal proves to be a big hit.
Ramsey Road level crossing is where the B1040 roadway crosses the railway line between Peterborough and Whittlesea. At this location the two track railway line is on a curve and heavily canted. The old Polysafe (Bomac) panels had been used at this crossing for over 40 years, with the crossing requiring regular maintenance, track tamping, etc. Even then, driving across a 2 track canted crossing was a rough ride to motorists and far from ideal.
May 2016 brought all this to an end. Network Rail Engineers totally renewed the crossing (removing the old concrete crossing panels) combined with road re-profiling. Lee Pepper of Network Rail and the teams from Works Delivery North Anglia – Ely, Norwich and Ipswich – completed the work in around 11hours and RFGM supplied machinery and drivers and carried out the carriageway re-profile.
Preparation included reballasting 6 weeks prior to Xing installation. The works Delivery tech team carried out the survey and design to make a much smoother nairns profile over the crossing.
The new crossing, chosen by Network Rail for it’s flexibility, durability and reliability is a combination of pontiSTRAIL outer panels and STRAIL-1200 inner panels. PontiSTRAIL is an outer panel system, which has rubber panels supported by aluminium bearers and these bridge from the rail foot to the edge beam. No other UK manufacturer of crossings has yet developed such a system to overcome the problems with canted track. The innovative PontiStrail was the only logical choice to Network Rail and Ramsey Road crossing joins the growing list of crossings where pontiStrail has been installed on Network Rail’s infrastructure
An innovative solution to overcome site specific problems http://www.strail.de/
The result now is a smooth crossing and many local residents have commented how much better this crossing is now.
A job well done !!