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Bespoke pedestrian guardrail manufactured by Alpha Rail has helped to significantly improve pedestrian safety in an area of Northumberland known as The Peth.

The road, named The Peth, is a vital access route and links the village of Wooler to the nearby A697.

An existing concrete barrier had been used as a safety measure to prevent accidents but due to it’s age and further deterioration of the embankment this was no longer adequate.

The Peth

In 2014, Northumberland County Council commenced work to reinforce the embankment and as part of this Alpha Rail was contracted to manufacture and install bespoke pedestrian guardrail to ensure the pathways were safer and there was an effective barrier in place.

Since then, the embankment on the other side of the road had deteriorated and in an effort to further improve the safety of the road, Northumberland County Council was granted funds by the Local Community Partnership (LCP) scheme to install bespoke pedestrian guardrail and reinforce the other side of the embankment.

In order to match the existing pedestrian guardrail, Alpha Rail was once again contracted by Northumberland County Council to install 75 metres of decorative pedestrian guardrail. The railings were galvanised and polyester powder coated in RAL9005 black. The pedestrian guardrail was also finished with gold spear shaped finials to provide a visually appealing finish.

Commenting on behalf of Northumberland County Council, Quantity Surveyor, Simon Jackson said “We contacted Alpha Rail because they had already manufactured the existing railings and we wanted the same barriers each side of the ride to look the same. Choosing the same manufacturer was therefore the natural choice.  As was the case previously, I was very impressed with the level of communication I had with the guys at Alpha Rail. They turned up on time and delivered a high-quality product which is stunning to look at. The gold finish on the railings have helped to add a bit of vibrancy to the area and we have already received great feedback from local residents.”

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