Rail Depot, Brighton

Project: Rail Depot, Brighton

Kee Systems, a leading supplier of Kee Klamp® fittings, recently secured a contract with Carillion to design and install a handrail and fence safety solution to segregate train depot staff from the Brighton mainlines and to protect them from the live tracks.

Carillion, the integrated support services company secured a £120m contract with Network Rail to upgrade depots and stabling sites as part of the Thameslink programme. The programme aims to increase the capacity of trains from eight to twelve carriages, and to provide depots and stabling, where the new length trains can be parked and cleaned.  The project designer, BCS specified Kee Klamp® fittings, as they are Network Rail approved, for the Brighton element of the scheme where a new depot was built.

Kee Systems supplied for the new build Brighton depot.  The company also worked directly with Carillion, installing 50mm x 50mm Weld Mesh Panels, which work as screens to prevent debris from the train depot affecting the main railway line. The Kee Klamp® fencing also created a safety barrier of 1m from high voltage cables.

“We received great customer services from the Kee Systems team” explains John Lloyd, Section Manager from Carillion. “We were impressed with the service right from the beginning as they were quick at supplying us with quotes for this project, and the design was spot on for our needs.  This continued throughout the project with good lead times and well managed deliveries.  The installation team on the mesh panels, performed extremely well. This is the first time that we have worked with Kee Systems.  We are pleased that we did as the fittings are of extremely high quality and easy to install.  We would have no problem specifying Kee Klamp® on future projects.”

The project completed in October 2013 and since then Kee Systems has supplied Kee Access® fittings for a tunnel DDA handrail system for King’s Cross station in London.

Kee Klamp® fittings are versatile and suitable for use in a variety of areas where tubular structures or barriers are required. The off-the-shelf product range is the largest on the market, providing fittings for every possible application.  All fittings are available with a combination of protective coatings applied to achieve a longer life and a better corrosion resistance. This is vital for structures in areas which may be prone to a high level of weathering or rusting, and structures which are in difficult places to access and work on.

Kee Klamp® components can be installed using a standard hex key with each fitting incorporating an integral set screw to lock the respective fitting safely and securely onto the tube. Not only does this method create a strong, stable and safe guard rail structure, it also eliminates the need for time-consuming welding or specialist installation skills.