Ellis innovation secures Waterloo train deal

Ellis no Bolts cleats installed in the Wessex Rail Alliance’s Waterloo and Southwest upgrade project.

Cable cleats designed and developed in North Yorkshire in response to a maintenance problem that was causing Network Rail health and safety issues, have been installed for the first time in Wessex Rail Alliance’s Waterloo and Southwest upgrade project.

The award-winning Ellis No Bolts cleat, from cable cleat innovator, Ellis, is an all polymeric stackable product that is the first ever cable cleat to be granted PADS approval by Network Rail.

Tony Conroy, Ellis’ Global Sales Director, said: “The Ellis No Bolts was initially developed to meet a customer requirement to tackle and addresses a significant installation and maintenance issue. It was then developed into a full range and is now being specified for major projects by industry leading names.”

The Waterloo and Southwest upgrade project is an £800m investment by Network Rail and the Department for Transport to increase the capacity for trains and passengers on that part of the network. The Wessex Rail Alliance is a partnership between Network Rail, Aecom, Mott Macdonald and Skanska.

“This is an enormous project and one that requires a complete new cable infrastructure to support the huge increase in trains operating on the network,” continued Tony. “To see the Ellis No Bolts cleats specified for the very first time for it says a great deal about the quality of the product, the faith these major companies have in Ellis, and the great work being done by our UK distributor, ETS Cable Components.”

The initial problem, outlined to ETS by Network Rail, was that live cables needed to be removed from cleats; work carried on around them; and then somehow placed back between tightly spaced upright studs at regular intervals along an entire run.

So Ellis designed a new product that could be stacked and fixed with a simple quarter turn fixing lock, allowing additional cable runs to be added quickly and easily, without any need to tamper with existing ones. The rapid-fit nature of the new cleat is further enhanced by the replacement of fixing nuts with a push-fit locking mechanism that securely fastens the lower and top section of the clamp together.

Ellis No Bolts cleat also meets the London Underground 1-085 approved material standard, and conforms with IEC 61914.


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