Slabtrack, a “first” on UK rails

An innovative rail development and a “first” in the UK are IVES  precast Slabtrack Units, produced by CEMEX Rail Solutions at their Washwood Heath factory in Birmingham.

In collaboration with Rhomberg Sersa, based in Austria and UK subsidiary Rhomberg Sersa UK, Rail Solutions has produced test mouldings and produced 420 IVES Slabtrack units for a section of test track in Asfordby Tunnel near Melton Mowbray for Network Rail.

The new Slabtrack units means that ballast is no longer required underneath the rails with tensioning of the rails done through specially developed plates, the Vossloh DFF 304 plate.  This allowed reduced track formation depth which could be needed with the introduction of HS2 or other projects where Slabtrack is required. The trial at Asfordby Tunnel will assess their performance and suitability in track.

“This is an important opportunity for CEMEX Rail Solutions as we develop new products and market opportunities, often in collaboration with other manufacturers throughout the world.  Slabtrack compliments our existing range of monoblock rail solutions, giving customers the best solution for their markets,” comments Stuart Neil, Business Manager CEMEX Rail Solutions.


Notes to editors:

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