Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne & Wear Metro,
is investing £40m in modernisation work over the next 12
The project focuses on station refurbishment, track
replacement and essential new technology.
The work forms part of the £389m Metro: all change
modernisation programme, a Government funded scheme to modernise
the Tyne & Wear Metro which began in 2010.
Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond
Johnston, said "We have £40m of investment lined up over the next
12 months as part of our Metro modernisation programme."
Locally based construction company Visul Systems were
commissioned to supply 400m2 of anti-slip surfacing, 140 linear
metres of surface mounted tactile paving warning surfaces and line
marking paint to Nexus contracting team as part of the full
platform refurbishment package.
Anti-Slip Platform Surfacing
CPM Tredseal was
installed on the station platforms as a combined waterproof wearing
and skid-resistance system.
fought off stiff competition and was specified by the client
because of its key performance indicators which includes excellent
track record, ease and speed of application resulting in minimal
possession times and a faster return to service. Other benefits
- Based on BBA technology
- Rapid set can be trafficked within two
- Easy and quick application
- Aesthetically pleasing finish
- Lightweight, tough, flexible and hard
- Versatile surfacing, suitable for application on a
number of different surfaces
- This system can be applied even at low
Surface Mounted Tactile Paving Warning
Since its formation in 2000 Visul Systems has grown into
the UK's leading manufacturer of tactile paving
warning systems and is the only 'stick on' system with a tried
and tested track record spanning over 15 years. The product
delivers several added value benefits compared to other similar
products in the market:
- No surface excavation required
- 20 year guarantee
- Network Rail & London Underground
- Rapid installation
- Adheres to most construction
- Hard wearing & durable
- Lightweight and easy to
- No 'hot works' adhesive only
Line Marking Paint
To finish, hazard yellow MMA (Methyl Methacrylate) line
marking paint was applied directly onto the newly laid anti-slip
surfacing and tactile warning system.
Ron Forsyth, Director of Visul Systems said "The tactile pavers
were laid and bonded directly to the surface without the need to
excavate the area or the use of heavy plant and equipment, the
whole project was completed with the minimum of fuss and disruption
and to the full satisfaction of the client within the agreed time
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