UK's Network Rail to test-run sleepers made of recycled plastic

04-Mar-09
UK's Network Rail recently announced in a release that they are all set to test-run a new form of rail sleeper made from recycled plastic. The sleepers for the purpose are being developed and supplied by i-plas, a plastic waste recycling company, based in Halifax. The test-run will see around 20 tons of waste material recycled to form the new sleepers which will replace timber ones along some of the rural lines on the network. While in assessment, Network Rail will test whether they can endure the severities of a running railway, and, once proven, will look to progressively roll them out across parts of the network. Network says the sleepers made of recycled plastic will not only put the landfill waste to good use but also trim down the costs relative to the timber beams which are sourced from the managed forest which are located far apart.
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