There’s no such thing as a ‘standard’ Embankment Staircase. The slopes between road and track are usually steep and uneven, requiring a creative approach to access staircase design. Mid-flight platforms and safety gates are essential to ensure that even in the event of a fall, nobody ends up on the track.
Starting with careful site surveys, the Step on Safety CAD Engineers put together designs that meet all the NWR specifications. Stairs are fabricated in our workshop before being supplied in sections to the location. We then either install them ourselves or ensure the easy-to-assemble sections can be positioned and fixed down by the onsite contractors.
GRP is the ideal choice for Embankment Steps to combat the inherent issues associated with traditional materials by being lightweight, high-strength, non-conductive, non-corrosive, non-sparking and fire resistant which is key in this particular environment.
They are usually constructed using QuartzGrip® Open Mesh Anti-Slip Grating for all flooring and the Stair Treads feature DDA-compliant nosing to ensure the structures comply with Document M & K and the Equalities Act Guidelines.
Choosing GRP to build an embankment staircase over the steel, timber or concrete alternatives provides extra ordinary benefits:
- Zero maintenance throughout 50+ years life expectancy
- Non-sparking and non-conductive
- Anti-slip even in wet, icy or oily conditions
- Flexible, bespoke approach to each location
- Meets or exceeds all NWR specifications
Embankment Staircases case studies
Craigentinny Embankment Stairs
The staircase at Craigentinny needed to provide almost vertical access going from the road down to the track, landing by a small, brick-built bridge
Glen Douglas Embankment Staircase
Careful consideration is required of the site topography for locations of the access point when designing an embankment staircase