First publishedin World Highways
Representatives from local authorities, the police, and the highway safety-related business world attended last month’s UK Roads Crash Demonstration Day at MIRA near Nuneaton, in central England. Guy Woodford reports
It was never meant to be an occasion for crash test dummies. And each of the latest road safety solutions from leading highway technology companies tested at the UK Roads Crash Demonstration Day passed with top marks. A crowd of over 100 enjoyed the high impact, minimum damage action which featured:
- A 900kg car colliding with a new 140mm diameter fibre composite traffic signal post provided by FSP Ltd, complete with Siemens signal head and electrical supply, and planted in an NAL Retention Socket.
- A saloon car striking a Barrier Guard 800
gate manufactured by Highway Care
- An NE classified shored-up sign structure from SAPA Poles being hit by a 1,500kg HGV
at 100kph (62mph).
- A 4m high passively safe SAPA Poles traffic signal pole being struck by a fast moving vehicle.
- Delta Bloc’s DB 100 H4a vertical concrete barrier being hit by a 7.5tonne commercial vehicle at 97kph (60mph).
Speaking after the eye-catching demonstration of the SAPA Poles shored-up sign structure, with a 4.5m wide and 7.5 high sign plate, the company’s UK sales manager Simon Bates said: “It went very, very well. It was a superb demonstration. The product performed as it was designed to. The lack of indentation in the vehicle is there for all to see.”
After the demonstration of the firm’s Barrier Guard 800 gate, Highway Care (HC) managing director Steve Powell said: “Barrier gates are being used more and more on roads now. This test shows there is a barrier gate system that contains an accident with minimum [vehicle] deflection, while requiring no repair or replacement.“
Powell said the Barrier Guard 800 gate was being used on major highways all over the world. Within the last year HC has also made available a Barrier Guard 800 gate with wheels which, Powell said, is the only wheeled-gate barrier solution on the market.
In the exhibition area Valmont-Stainton (VS) UK national sales manager, Ian Huxley, and VS area sales manager Emma Berry, were highlighting the benefits of the firm’s Salus passive safety steel lighting column.
Huxley said: “Today is almost its official (UK) launch. People have been particularly interested in the fact that the product is made out of steel rather than aluminium. Events like this are important, particularly when you’re introducing new products.”
Miles Dadson, MIRA
principal engineer who hosted the event said: “The HEF [High Energy Facility] team are pleased to support the UK Roads initiative - aimed at reducing the number of injuries caused by road collisions through the design and use of passively safe roadside furniture. By carrying out demonstration days such as this at MIRA’s High Energy Facility we’re able to show people first-hand the benefits of using passive safety systems on European roads.”
UK Roads managing director, Andrew Pledge, said: “The ability to watch high energy passive safety demonstrations makes MIRA a wonderful venue for road safety education, and the visual impact of crash testing adds tangibility to this important form of engineering. Next year we hope to see even more people attending this event, and it would be great to see both active and passive road safety systems on show.”
The full list of exhibiting companies at the UK Roads Crash Demonstration Day were: Mott McDonald; MIRA; SAPA Poles; FSP; King Trailers
/Harvard; FLI Structures
; Highway Care; Gloucester Composites
/Road Expo; Brett Landscaping; NAL; Valmont Stainton
; Solar Signs; Delta Bloc; SignPost
Solutions; Varley & Gulliver
; Post & Column
; Stirling Lloyd
; ALAD; TMS Consultancy
; and professional institutions the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT); and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).