Independent cable manufacturer Tratos UK Ltd has won Network Rail Certificate of Acceptance PA05/07385 for its Aluminium Stranded Conductors for electrified lines as an earthing and bonding conductor.
The cable is accepted for use as an earthing and bonding conductor on 25kV a.c. OLE Electrified Lines for use within more than two thirds of Great Britain’s Network Rail controlled 20,000 miles of railway infrastructure.
Tratos’ accepted cable includes PVC insulation containing an ultraviolet inhibitor and will be used in tunnels and areas subject to Section 12 Fire Regulations, namely the Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway Stations) regulations 2009, (Low Smoke Zero Halogen materials).
The acceptance for the Merseyside-based (Knowsley) manufacturer’s conductor comes just weeks after the company secured supplier status within a £muli-million 5-year framework contract.
Tratos supplies rail networks globally including Italy’s Alta Velocita (High Speed Train) project which included its fire-resistant fibre optic cable, the Piccadilly Line extension to London Heathrow Terminal, London Underground, King’s Cross St. Pancras Station, Madrid Metro and part of Manchester’s £350m 5.5km Trafford Park Line Metrolink Extension, part of the UK’s largest light rail network.
Network Rail owns, operates, and develops Britain’s railway infrastructure across 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and thousands of signals, level crossings and stations.
It manages 20 of the UK’s largest stations while the others, more than 2,500, are run by the country’s train operating companies.
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