Summary

TRL was commissioned by RSSB to identify suitable precautions for frost, ice and snow at stations. We produced recommendations and guidelines for winter maintenance at stations in our report “The Evaluation of Frost, Ice and Snow Precautions at Stations”.

The challenge

The project looked to identify key factors and to investigate potential de-icers and their properties, benefits and potential problems associated with their use.

Our approach

We defined the project by dividing it into six tasks. First, we carried out a literature review on the available de-icers and their properties. Next, we reviewed current Railway Group Standards. We then gathered information on winter maintenance procedures currently performed at stations. After that, we obtained information on winter maintenance in other rail and transport sectors.

Taking all the information, we analysed and evaluated it systematically. Lastly we produced recommendations and guidelines for winter maintenance at stations

The results

The research identified three areas in stations with separate issues: car parks, platforms and concourses or forecourts. Platforms are the most sensitive areas to treat. We examined the most suitable de-icers for each area and made recommendations. 

Our report identified that as well as selecting the best de-icer products, the application rate was also important. We therefore also recommended appropriate spreading equipment (rather than ad-hoc hand spreading), storage (to retain effectiveness) and ease of application.

The full report entitled "The Evaluation of Frost, Ice and Snow Precautions at Stations" was published on the RSSB website.

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