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Purely technical questions and questions about the track work in the UK

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Kerrie Illsley

10 July 2019, 12:54pm

I'm a French business student at HEC Paris, and as part of a mission, I'm currently doing a market study about rail accessories (fishplate, baseplate, pads, clips, ...) in Europe. Part of my work is then to gather some technical data (share of CWR, types of accessories used, types of rails, ...) about the permanent way structure in each European country, and especially in the UK.

Would you agree to answer some of my technical questions?

Thanks in advance for your time and help,

Best regards,

Lucas Violon

Purely technical questions

1. What is the proportion of continuous welded rail (CWR) on the British rail network?

2. How are the types of rails on the British network distributed (what proportion of 60E1, 54E1, 50E1, ...)? 

3. What is the average length of conventional (non-welded) jointed rail in the UK?

4. How many sleepers per km are used in the UK? Do you know if this ratio changes one country from another? 

5. What are the most used rail fastening systems (clips, screws, Nabla, ...) in the UK?

6. What is the average renewal rate of each of these accessories by Network Rail? (Fishplates, bolts, baseplates, pads, screws)

==> For those questions, would you know the answers for some other European countries? 


Questions about the track work in the UK

5. What proportion of track work is outsourced (in %)? What are the differences between renewal, maintenance and track extension work? 

6. What are the trends regarding this track work: towards more outsourcing? Or on the contrary towards internalisation? Is this trend part of a national Network Rail plan? 

7. When a track work is outsourced, which part buys the rail accessories? Network Rail or directly the installers/contractors? If it depends, why is it the case?

Vbdprasad (Guest)

12 July 2019, 12:32pm

I am working as a pway supervisor in India. But i need more knowledge which pway course is suitable for me in uk. 

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