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Case Study: Engineered Composites Mesh Fencing Systems for Network Rail - Enhancing Railway Safety and Efficiency


Engineered Composites, a trusted provider of GRP solutions for the railway industry for over 38 years, recently supplied their mesh fencing systems to Network Rail. The installation aimed to protect the end of platform access to the track, ensuring the safety and security of passengers and railway staff. This case study explores the benefits of Engineered Composites’ GRP mesh fencing systems, emphasizing the advantages of GRP over traditional materials such as steel or wood.

Installation Details:

The installation comprised Engineered Composites’ high-quality mesh fencing systems, sturdy posts, and a lockable GRP mesh gate. These components were specifically designed to meet Network Rail’s requirements for end of platform track protection. The lightweight yet robust nature of the GRP materials facilitated easy installation and maintenance, ensuring minimal disruptions to railway operations.

Benefits of GRP Mesh Fencing Systems for Railway Applications:

1. Enhanced Safety: Engineered Composites’ GRP mesh fencing systems provide a higher level of safety compared to traditional materials like steel or wood. The non-conductive properties of GRP eliminate the risk of electrical conductivity, reducing the chance of accidents caused by accidental contact with live wires or electrified equipment. This critical feature enhances safety for railway staff and passengers, particularly in areas near high voltage installations.

2. Durability and Longevity: GRP is highly resistant to harsh weather conditions, corrosion, and UV radiation. Unlike steel, it does not rust or corrode, ensuring long-term performance and durability. Engineered Composites’ GRP mesh fencing systems retain their strength and structural integrity even in demanding environments, such as railway settings exposed to moisture, temperature variations, and chemical exposure.

3. Ease of Installation and Maintenance: The lightweight nature of GRP materials simplifies the installation process, reducing time and labour costs. Engineered Composites’ mesh fencing systems are designed for easy assembly and adjustment, enabling efficient deployment across various railway locations. Additionally, GRP requires minimal maintenance, saving both time and resources in the long run.

4. Superior Aesthetics: Engineered Composites’ GRP mesh fencing systems offer an attractive and modern appearance, improving the overall aesthetics of railway environments. The smooth and uniform finish of GRP enhances the visual appeal of the installations, giving a clean and professional look to railway platforms and track areas.

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5. Stock Availability and Experience: With over 38 years of experience in providing GRP solutions for the railway industry, Engineered Composites is a trusted supplier with a comprehensive stock of railway GRP solutions in the UK. This large stock ensures quick availability of the required components, reducing lead times and enabling timely installations. Network Rail benefited from Engineered Composites’ extensive inventory, ensuring a smooth and efficient project execution.


Engineered Composites’ GRP mesh fencing systems have proven to be an excellent choice for Network Rail’s end of platform track protection requirements. The lightweight, durable, and non-conductive properties of GRP offer significant advantages over traditional materials such as steel or wood. These include enhanced safety, durability, ease of installation and maintenance, superior aesthetics, and the availability of a large stock of GRP solutions specifically designed for railway applications.
Engineered Composites’ extensive experience in delivering railway GRP solutions for over 38 years further reinforces their expertise and reliability in the industry. By choosing Engineered Composites as their supplier, Network Rail benefited from their knowledge, availability of stock, and commitment to delivering high-quality GRP solutions.
The successful installation of Engineered Composites’ mesh fencing systems highlights the significant contribution of GRP to improving railway safety, efficiency, and aesthetics. As the railway industry continues to prioritize safety and sustainability, Engineered Composites’ GRP solutions are poised to play a vital role in enhancing railway infrastructure across the UK.

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