THE LATEST White Paper issued by Jacksons Fencing explores Best Practice techniques for keeping public transport networks and local communities safe. It also reveals somewhat concerning gaps in knowledge regarding the specification of security solutions for the transport sector.
Two-thirds of architects and engineers (68% of them, in fact) questioned think knowledge about railway perimeter safety needs to improve. Over one third (ie 35%) of respondents revealed they lack the knowledge around safety systems when building transport infrastructure.
Ultimately, the White Paper advises more assessments should be encouraged for industry professionals who are using high-quality materials and installing security systems.
The survey of 211 UK architects and engineers was conducted last September, with the resulting White Paper exploring shortfalls in knowledge about what’s needed to protect transport users and local communities as the UK’s infrastructure grows in line with Government investment.
A ‘lack of time’ and ‘tight budgets’ are the main issues architects and engineers said they face when designing and building railways, with 55% admitting this is true for them. 24% of those architects surveyed argued that there’s an insufficient amount of information available on security standards, while 23% of them believe clients lack understanding of the products used.
Best Practice recommendations
Jacksons Fencing’s Best Practice recommendations for the security elements of transport development projects are as follows:
*Ensure assessments are undertaken before starting the project. Explore which security barriers and fencing are suitable for the site, making sure aesthetics are afforded due consideration
*Ensure the safety and sustainability requirements for each development have been met. If you’re unsure of what these are and need guidance, suppliers’ websites and product videos can provide an explanation
*Prioritise high-quality products to ensure they last longer, helping to manage the budget better. To choose the right materials, conduct some research beforehand to learn what the options are and which would be most appropriate for the project
*Install security systems, such as CCTV cameras and anti-intrusion alarms or monitors, to deter and reduce any potential criminal behaviour and vandalism
Peter Jackson, managing director of Jacksons Fencing, said: “It’s clear from our research that transport security doesn’t rest solely on the policymaker’s or owner’s shoulders. Engineering industry professionals also have a large part to play in mitigating risks around railway border safety.”
Jackson added: “These results demonstrate it’s not always easy. A lack of time at the specifying stage, tight budgets and gaps in knowledge regarding safety and the product options available are hindering progress.”
Further, Jackson stated: “We believe that identifying gaps in understanding is essential. Once these gaps have been identified, work can be done to provide the correct advice and guidance which will help civil engineers and designers fully understand the causes and solutions. This knowledge will then afford them the confidence to choose the most appropriate and cost-effective security solutions, in turn providing lifetime value and protection for decades to come.”
*Access Jacksons Fencing’s Transport Sector White Paper online