Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which it also runs).
In partnership with train operators, Network Rail helps people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. The company employs 36,000 people across Britain and works round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
The General Purpose Safety Stores provided by the specialist manufacturer Safety Unlimited to Network Rail are all constructed of 2mm profiled mild sheet steel over 50mm x 50mm x 3mm RHS. The design features a fully welded leakproof sump to a depth of 190mm over the entire base as well as flame arrested ventilation with galvanised flooring and shelving and double full width doors with flush locks.
On a customised note, they are mostly finished in NetworkRail corporate light grey, aside from the Thermite store which by virtue of its volatile contents is of bright red and subject to Fire Brigade inspection. Another notable special variation, for example, is the interior layout of the welding unit which is fitted with tracks so that the welding carts can be simply and safely run in and out as required.
Other typical contents included with their own storage include lubricants, telecom spares, fencing, signal project items, electrification and plant, vegetation controls such as tree cutters, workshop equipment and batteries.
Where appropriate, specialist fittings range across interior lights, heaters, thermostats, bunding and leak proof sumps. The free consultancy and design service offered by Safety Unlimited allows for a continual and rapid roll-out of any new requirements whilst staying with the overall theme of pleasing design of the range at the main Network Rail engineering base in Ashford, Kent – with other installations at locations as varied as Ramsgate and Sittingbourne and the massive re-development at London Bridge.