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

The Ellis No Bolts cleat, from Ellis, is an all polymeric stackable product that is the first ever cable cleat to be granted PADS approval by Network Rail. It has also been named Innovative Industrial Product of the Year at the Electrical Industry Awards; and Business Innovation of the Year at the York Press Business Awards.

Tony Conroy, Ellis’ sales director, said: “The Ellis No Bolts cleat is a product we’re exceptionally proud of as it perfectly demonstrates our innovative approach to product development. It was initially developed to meet a specific customer requirement; tackles and addresses a significant installation and maintenance issue; was then developed into a full range; and is now being specified for major projects.”

The Waterloo and Southwest upgrade project is an £800 million investment by Network Rail and the Department for Transport aimed at significantly increasing the capacity for trains and passengers. The Wessex Rail Alliance, which is overseeing the work, is a partnership comprising Network Rail, Aecom, Mott Macdonald and Skanska.

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