Track drainage - background
Track drainage controls the water within the Track Support System (that is the formation, ballast, capping layers, geosynthetics, etc,
beneath the track itself). Track drainage is vital for the continued efficient operation of the line as a whole, for example, poor track
drainage can lead to 'wet beds', see photograph. That is the failure of the track bed showing itself as the early failure of the ballast, resulting in additional
maintenance and remedial costs together with an increased risk of broken rails.
Other drainage works can also help to reduce train delays and improve the efficiency of the maintenance of the civil engineering infrastructure
along the line. For instance, work on culverts
can reduce the number of flooding problems affecting train services while efficient crest drains, etc, can reduce the need for future remedial works to earthworks.
Drainage for lineside buildings, stations, etc
We can also design the drainage associated with new or refurbished lineside buildings, depots, stations and other railway related buildings such as offices,
freight terminals, etc. This might include the surface water drainage for platforms, canopies, roofs and any associated paved
areas together with the arrangements for the off-site disposal of the run-off, if required. The latter includes discharges to the ground, to watercourses or
to public sewers as appropriate. We can also design any necessary foul drainage.
For further information please see
Drainage for New Developments
or culvert design and analysis
or alternatively please