Non conductivity is vital in rail settings

In the UK the process of electrifying the railways began in the 19th century. The idea was to modernise the infrastructure to improve speeds and efficiency as well as reducing track wear. Overhead lines and the third rail system now account for around 40% of the entire rail network. There are also plans to expand this even further in the future. This could create more demand for reliable non-conductive materials. Luckily JBP offers high quality GRP for the rail industry. The composite offers many important benefits.

Accounting for an important hazard

The vital thing to keep in mind with electrifying train lines is the risk of fatal shocks. Electricity can travel along conductive materials. As a result is would shock anyone who comes into contact with them. Therefore it is vital that the right materials are used to create different aspects of the infrastructure, including grating, platforms, fencing, and handrails.

Steel is a highly conductive material, and therefore it is not the best choice for rail applications. The challenge is choosing a substance that can provide similar strength and durability without costs that make it unfeasible. Glass reinforced plastic (GRP) is the perfect solution.


GRP has a number of useful properties. Perhaps the most important in rail settings is the fact that it is non-conductive. The composite is glass fibres and resin, both of which don’t conduct electricity. Therefore there is absolutely no risk if products made from the material come into contact with any live electrical lines. In addition GRP is strong, lightweight, UV resistant and available with an anti slip finish.

Core6 GRP is suitable for many applications such as; grating, walkways, platforms, stairs, fencing, handrails. The material has great properties and offers fantastic quality. It can also be finished in a number of ways, including different colours.

John Bell Pipeline is happy to work with clients from the rail industry. We can provide bespoke solutions for an array of different requirements. Simply contact us to discuss your project.