The introduction of composite railroad ties will enable Network Rail to achieve its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Picture: Network Rail

In the UK Network Rail has laid the first composite railroad ties on its main rail tracks across the Sherrington Viaduct, informs Railway Supply magazine referring to Network Rail.

From July 31, 2021, creosote-impregnated softwood sleepers will be banned in the country. Previously, wooden sleepers were installed on the viaduct, as the concrete was too heavy for the structure.

UK Railways Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “These sleepers are not only made from locally sourced plastic waste, but they also require less maintenance and last longer, underlining our commitment to creating a greener, cleaner and more efficient rail network.”

This initiative is expected to help the company achieve its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050 by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions by about 40% for at least five decades.


Sleepers made of elements of a sleeping car compartment

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