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Steel vs Concrete

The Problem
When it comes to specifying safety barrier systems that fall within or below the category of W2 (800mm), concrete had been the only option. This was mainly due to the fact that there were no steel safety barrier systems available in the marketplace that worked within confined spaces below 800mm.

 

The Solution
MOTORWAYCARE are pleased to bring a range of NEW steel safety barrier systems that now meet W2(800mm) & W1(600mm) categories, within the containment categories of N2, H1 & H2. These systems are now available exclusively to MOTORWAYCARE. Our NEW H2W1 system which beats the working width of all concrete barriers is the most significant and unique system within this range. This system is called Balmerguard, it is now becoming the most popular system replacing concrete.

The Application
Balmerguard will be an essential product at high risk locations such as railway over bridge's. At most of these high risk locations there are no safety barriers in place due to narrow verges and general lack of space, which poses a huge risk to road and rail users. The team at MOTORWAYCARE are more than happy to design a safety barrier solution using this system in context with the space available at all such locations. These systems do not require high cost base preparatory work and are a more passive friendly solution to passengers when accidents occur.

The Alternative
Concrete safety barriers are effective road restraint systems in context with what and who they are protecting, but what about the person(s) within the vehicle that collides with them. The footage and photographs below were recorded at Crash Test Centres, one using steel safety barriers and the other concrete. The collateral damage to the bus whilst hitting the concrete barrier is severe, what if the bus was full of occupants? See the photos above.

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