A consortium led by Ricardo Rail Ltd is to develop the first installation of the new track switch Repoint.
The design, developed by Loughborough University, introduces the concept of using several actuators to operate the same points, meaning that in the event of a single failure the remaining actuators continue to function safely. With this facility built into each machine, rail traffic can still pass and remedial maintenance can be scheduled without causing immediate disruption to rail services increasing reliability and capacity on the railway.
Funded by RSSB, the switch uses a unique ‘lift, hop and drop’ mechanism that eliminates the friction experienced by the slide chairs used in traditional point machines, resulting in faster operation moving a switch in under half a second compared to four seconds for conventional designs.
Led by Ricardo Rail Ltd, the consortium which includes