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Metal Railings, Simonside Metrolink, Sunderland




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Project Overview

The £3.2m Simonside Metro station built by Balfour Beatty in South Tyneside provides a vital access link for over 500,000 passengers who travel between Simonside, South Shields, Gateshead and Newcastle.

The station was commissioned by Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, following a £800,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund. Simonside is the 60th station on the Tyne and Wear Metro system, which first opened 28 years ago.

Alpha Rail Solution

We worked alongside Balfour Beatty according to a very detailed set of specifications provided by Network Rail. We manufactured and installed 600 metres of railings, plus balustrade for the pedestrian barrier on the walkways, access stairs and the perimeter of the station. We also provided design-assist services, and painted all railings on site in a grey four part-coated finish. The balustrading was also painted to the same high specification but in white.

"The design and installation of the balustrading was technically challenging due to the geometry of the station area. Alpha-rail carried out a number of detailed site surveys to ensure that the bespoke design fitted exactly when installed by their experienced on-site team."
- Duncan Manning, Project Manager at Balfour Beatty

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