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Pipex px® FRP Bridge deck...3 years on and as good as new!

Pipex px® FRP Bridge deck...3 years on and as good as new!

In 2011 Pipex px® were asked to fabricate and supply a Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Extren® Deck for a steel bridge refurbishment in Scotland.  The bridge was situated in the side of a steep natural slope making access to the structure severely restricted. 

Pipex px® innovative FRP deck provided our customer with the ideal solution -  simpler and quicker to install than the traditional timber alternative, it’s lightweight properties and sectional prefabrication enabled fast track installation – minimising both overall project costs and disruption to rail traffic.

9 No.  Sections were supplied in total, ranging from 4600mm x 1890mm up to 4600mm x 2705mm and prior to despatch the deck underwent lap shear, pull off and tensile strength testing at our in-house test facility in Plymouth.

Once delivered to site, the sections were installed using a suction pad to lower the section onto the existing structure and were then bolted together.

3 years on a pipex px® representative, together with the contractor engineer, re-visited the site.  We were delighted – but not surprised! – to see that the bridge deck was in excellent condition and had experienced no structural issues or movement.

Our customer commented;

"After 3 years, the Rubha Glas bridge deck is performing well with no signs of distress in the GRP or steelwork superstructure. We are very pleased with the performance of the product and are actively looking to build on the technology and lessons learned at Rubha Glas to apply them to other projects in our work with Network Rail." - Carillion Rail

Pipex px® FRP has many advantages over traditional materials of construction including;

  • Non conductive  - ideal for railway environment
  • High strength, robust and durable
  • Lightweight
  • Virtually maintenance free.

If you would like to discuss how these modern advanced materials could help YOUR current and future projects, please contact a member of the Pipex px® team on 01752 581200 or via email at

Pipex px® FRP Bridge Deck following fast track installation Alternative view of Pipex px® FRP Bridge Deck


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