Station Hollandsche Rading gets ‘Standardised Platform’
Bosch Beton worked together with Dura Vermeer Infra Regional Projects on ProRail’s ‘Standardised Platforms’ (PON) project, for which we delivered retaining walls. This huge project started in Hollandsche Rading.
The purpose of ProRail’s major station contract was to adapt all Dutch platforms to the same platform height to ensure that disabled travellers can travel independently by train.
A first: Hollandsche Rading
Approximately seventy platforms need replacing, with ProRail renovating seventeen stations in 2021. In February 2021 NS station Hollandsche Rading was the first. The station dates from 1885, is also known as ‘The Gothic Arches’, and is located on the railway line with ‘heritage’ catenary gantries that have been on the National Monument list since 2001. The new sustainable platform walls were placed on platform 1 first. The use of recycled platform tiles also means that the new platform is circular. Bosch Beton retaining walls were also used for the entrance to platform 2.
Stations in Soest, Soestdijk, Heeze and Baflo (up to week 28) have now also been adapted. As Soestdijk station is on a bend, Aannemersbedrijf Wallaard used various sections in metres here. And in Baflo, Van Ooijen Gouda constructed a ramp using the platform walls. Lunteren and Lage Zwaluwe are scheduled to be updated before the construction worker holidays.
We worked previously with Dura Vermeer on the Chèvremont project station in Kerkrade. Dura Vermeer approached us for retaining walls again for the ‘Standardised Platforms’ project. We contributed ideas and produced the calculations. The special platform wall has been optimised and we are producing a new sustainable concrete mixture. We produce the walls in our own state-of-the-art factory in Barneveld. The elements are KIWA certified in accordance with the latest ProRail product specification. The wall shapes are optimised and satisfy the required ECI value. Usually, the standard length of the platform walls is one metre but we produce walls in two-metre lengths, which means more efficient use of materials and savings on transport.
In the ‘Standardised Platforms’ project, we also worked with partners including Wallaard Noordeloos and Van Ooijen Gouda.
Bosch Beton places a high priority on sustainability and innovation and is working towards 100% circular production of our retaining walls in the future.
If you would like to know more about this project or other rail projects, please feel free to contact one of our civil engineering consultants.
Various previously implemented rail-related projects are detailed below.
PROJECT IN THE PICTURE
Safer and faster beneath the railway in Den Dolder
The railway crossing at Den Dolder used to be one of the most dangerous ones in the Netherlands. Now cyclists and pedestrians can pass safely and quickly under the tracks. Bosch Beton made special retaining walls for this
Bussum Zuid station more accessible for travellers
After a metamorphosis, Bussum South Station became more accessible for disabled passengers. Bosch Beton supplied retaining walls of up to 5 metres in height as earth retaining walls
Chèvremont station in Kerkrade more accessible
Special structural walls compensate for the difference in height at Chèvremont station in Kerkrade. The structure on the walls was designed on the basis of the railway yard layout