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A review of papers worldwide found that it is generally accepted that slab track offers a cost-effective alternative to ballasted track if the two systems are compared in terms of life-cycle costs. The study went on to provide a methodology for estimating the commercial case and the wider economic, social and environmental benefits of adopting slab track technology.
Developed as a sequel to the Guided busway design handbook, this sets out best practice for highway and busway schemes constructed in slip-formed, in-situ concrete. It gives advice on design aspects influenced by the construction techniques, concrete production and supply, surface textures and smoothness and interfaces with the construction process.
This report identifies that, although it is generally accepted in the rail industry that slab track provides benefits in terms of safety when compared with traditional ballasted track, there was surprisingly little published information. Some important research papers are reviewed and the way forward in promoting the safety case for slab track is proposed.
Describes concrete slab track, its benefits, systems, suitable applications and 5 reasons to choose slab track.
The report found that existing European and infrastructure owner standards provided sufficient general guidance on concrete slab track but that these had been prepared within the context of ballasted track and did not address the characteristics of slab track. Aspects specific to slab track, such as design, transition zones, testing and commissioning and decommissioning, are not covered in available standards.
Describes an evaluation of the life-cycle energy use impacts of ballasted track bed and two generic concrete slab track beds: cast-in sleeper and embedded track systems. The analysis took into consideration the manufacturing, construction, maintenance, dismantling and recycling of track bed components. It showed that concrete slab track beds are not associated with higher life-cycle energy consumption and carbon dioxide emission when compared with ballasted track bed.
A free publication outlining the Whole Life (and other) Benefits of Concrete Slab Track
Provides general design guidance on solutions for low noise and low vibration slab track
Accounting for two out of three public transport journeys, the humble bus plays an important, and can play an even greater, role in improving local commuting, reducing congestion and carbon emissions and creating more liveable cities.
This 2017 version of the Guided Busway Design Handbook updates two important chapters. Chapter 3: Geometrical Design of Guideway and Chapter 9: Construction.