Network Rail needed a solution for the West Dyke Road Railway Level Crossing in Redcar. EDS were contracted to develop a set of bespoke automated telescopic cantilevered gates, which were to be delivered on a tight schedule.
A video of the new Telescopic sliding gates operating in Redcard
02:00hrs Specialist crane lifting new level crossing gate into position
The automatic gates are a first in UK rail technology history, they incorporate position/rotation sensors and a P.L.C. (Programmable Logic Controller) to vary their speed dependant on the position of the gate, and they have "fast stop" edge sensors to ensure safe operation in a demanding environment.
Factory based testing at EDS
The contract required an end to end service, from the design/conception stage through to delivery and testing. The team at EDS pulled out all the stops to complete the complex project on time and within the specifications of the customer. This particular type of project demands highly skilled suppliers who are RISQS (formerly known as Achilles Link-Up) certified; for installation and compliance testing, co-ordination with multiple agencies that can work together to a high degree of accuracy and professionalism is a prerequisite.
EDS Operatives inspecting the gates during installation
On the sucessful installation EDS Managing Director Mark Darlaston said: “We are proud to have delivered a first in UK rail history and are happy to have partnered with Network Rail on such a feat. There has already been interest in the product from European neighbours and we anticipate that this first, will set the benchmark for future installations.”
Automatic Level Crossing Gates in operation