Pedestrian guardrail are an invention of the 1940s following the increase in the number of motor vehicles that were using our roads and the potential for conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles.
The use of pedestrian guardrail in appropriate locations can successfully result in a reduction in risk for vulnerable road users and most studies have recognized this. However, in some instances, their overuse has lulled drivers into thinking that the pedestrian guardrail provides a suitable barrier and as such there is no need to slow down and so guardrail has the opposite effect of improving safety!
There have also been some instances where poorly located guardrail has diverted pedestrians significantly from their desired route leading to the temptation for some pedestrians to walk around or climb over to avoid the longer route. The guardrail then serves to potentially trap pedestrians on the carriageway. There have also been instances where poorly positioned guardrail has led to cyclists being squashed against it at junctions where vehicles wish turn!
Alpha Rail can offer advice and survey possible sites, and are happy to help contractors to specify the best options to ensure pedestrians follow safe routes. The Alpha Rail approach is to ensure the emphasis is on providing good facilities for pedestrians, eliminating street clutter and improving the streetscape. Often we are asked to incorporate the logo’s or motif’s of a town to maintain a sense of identity.
We offer a range of pedestrian guardrail solutions in a range of designs and colour options. We can also assist with on-site surveys. These include
We have specialist teams who use industry leading measuring equipment. We will work out the exact rake and curvatures of the guardrail required, as well as tailor the stagger of the solid infill bars to ensure optimum visibility for both drivers and pedestrians, without compromising on safety.
We are the preferred supplier to many Local Authorities and Civil Engineering Contractors who also respect the expertise and technical advice we can bring to their highways projects where pedestrian safety is of paramount importance.
We are happy to work on commercial projects working directly for public sector organizations or alongside architects, building and civil engineers, fencing and landscaping contractors. We are experienced in submitting proposals for tender submissions and happy to help!
If you would like us to quote for your next project please contact Alpha Rail on 01623 750214.Tags: Why use Pedestrian Guardrail?