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Slab Track - Safety

This report identifies that, although it is generally accepted in the rail industry that slab track provides benefits in terms of safety when compared with traditional ballasted track, there was surprisingly little published information. Some important research papers are reviewed and the way forward in promoting the safety case for slab track is proposed.

Slab Track - The Commercial Case

A review of papers worldwide found that it is generally accepted that slab track offers a cost-effective alternative to ballasted track if the two systems are compared in terms of life-cycle costs. The study went on to provide a methodology for estimating the commercial case and the wider economic, social and environmental benefits of adopting slab track technology.

Slab Track - Guidance on relevant standards

The report found that existing European and infrastructure owner standards provided sufficient general guidance on concrete slab track but that these had been prepared within the context of ballasted track and did not address the characteristics of slab track. Aspects specific to slab track, such as design, transition zones, testing and commissioning and decommissioning, are not covered in available standards.

Slab Track - Life Cycle assessment study

Describes an evaluation of the life-cycle energy use impacts of ballasted track bed and two generic concrete slab track beds: cast-in sleeper and embedded track systems. The analysis took into consideration the manufacturing, construction, maintenance, dismantling and recycling of track bed components. It showed that concrete slab track beds are not associated with higher life-cycle energy consumption and carbon dioxide emission when compared with ballasted track bed.

Concrete Slab Track: on track for the future

Describes concrete slab track, its benefits, systems, suitable applications and 5 reasons to choose slab track.

Concrete Slab Track

A free publication outlining the Whole Life (and other) Benefits of Concrete Slab Track

General Guidance for low noise and low vibration slab track

Provides general design guidance on solutions for low noise and low vibration slab track