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Water Filled Barrier systems

When deciding which water filled barrier system is the right one for your application there is quite a lot on the market to consider. From small 1-metre barriers to larger heavy duty crash style barriers, there is usually an option somewhere which will fit your application.

2-metre water filled barrier
2-metre Euro barriers white and red.

Pedestrian Small Barriers

The most commonly seen water filled barriers are the Evo/Euro barriers. These barriers are usually Red or White and at the smallest are 1-metre long and largest 2-metres with a few options in between. They are most commonly used to separate pedestrians from traffic in a low-speed application.

highwall vs evo 1-metre water filled barriers
Highwall Evo80 vs. Evo 1-metre

Highwall barrier

The Highwall water filled barrier is a slightly taller and longer version of the Evo1-metre. The standard Evo barrier is not very tall so could potentially be hit much easier without being seen, whereas the Evo80 (Highwall) adds that extra bit of height for better visibility. The Highwall barrier also benefits from a higher fill level for more ballast.

reflective panel water filled barrier
1-metre Evo barrier with a reflective top panel.

Top Panels

With the smaller barriers, you may need to consider if you need a fence mesh top panel or a reflective top panel. The fence top panel is an easy way of adding extra height to your barrier system without the major expense of investing in a new system altogether. New to the 1 metre Evo barrier, the 1-peice reflective plank is now available which mounts just like the mesh panel but adds a reflective strip for extra visibility when being used for roadside applications.

Heavy Duty Barriers

For some applications like industrial sites, building or housing developments, tracks, lane delineation or distribution depots you may need a barrier which is larger and more visible which is where the heavy duty barrier systems come into play. There are a few different options available on the market and we offer a range to cover as many application as possible.

Heavy Duty RB2000 water filled barrier
Heavy duty RB2000 water filled barrier
fence top panel or hoarding panel with GB2 water filled barrier
Fence top panel or hoarding panel with GB2 water filled barrier

Hoarding Top Panels

Like the smaller water-filled barriers the heavy duty barriers also have the option of having fence top panels or hoarding panels. If you require a taller barrier, then a fence top will double the height from around 1000mm to 2000mm+.  If you need a more private solution,  then hoarding panels are the most suitable solution. For example, if you are working within a city centre and the footpath you are bordering is narrow then you may not want people stopping and congesting the footpath by looking through the fence.

Crash Tested Barriers

Within the heavy duty barrier range, there is also the option to have a crash tested barrier. The RB22 is a heavy duty barrier which has been crash tested and approved to BS EN1317 -N1 at 50mph. The RB22 makes an excellent alternative to concrete barriers as it is easy to install, lightweight for transport and no heavy duty tooling is needed for fix or fitting.

Water filled barriers - crash tested RB22
Water filled RB22 crash barrier

Track Barriers

One of the most common applications for water filled barrier systems is race tracks. Whether it be for Go Karting inside or out or driving experience days, water filled barriers can be an excellent choice for driver and vehicle protection.

Starting with the smallest barriers, the Rota series is available in either 300mm, 360mm or 500mm high versions. With different lengths available between 1350mm and 1500mm. These barriers are designed with a patented locking mechanism that allows ‘S’ bends and curves to be created.

Track barrers - rb500
Go kart water filled barrier system – RB500

If you require any more information or would like to purchase any Water filled barriers then you can visit our online store, or call us on 0800 978 8920.

Hedge Cutting – When Can it be Done?

Within the last couple of years under European legislation the hedge cutting ban time has been extended by 1  month. It is now illegal (in most circumstances) to cut hedges between 1st  March and the 31st August.

hedge-cutting-q-sign
Hedge cutting Q-sign.

The time frame has been extended to protect some species of birds, however there are omitting circumstances that allows hedges to still be cut between March and September. The hedgerow may be cut if it is posing a hazard to pedestrians or road users by over hanging a path or road, if parts of the hedge are dead or if it has been planted within the last six months of the year.

For more information on hedgerow management see these hedgelink guidelines.
We offer hedge cutting signs in a few different formats including metal signs, roll up packages and folding plastic Q-signs.

Folding tree / hedge cutting sign package
Roll up / folding tree cutting package.

If you require a hedge cutting sign or a sign package then you can either contact us on 01905 794 875 or you can visit our online store.

FlexBrite Bollard – Highly Flexible Marker Post

The SuperFlex or FlexBrite Bollard is a highly flexible road marker which is capable of taking continuous impacts from cars or vans without causing any damage to the vehicle. The Bollard has 4 reflective strips visible from all angles making them clearly visible at night as well as day.

Black and Yellow and Orange and White FlexBrite Bollards.
The FlexBrite is available in two colours, Black and Yellow and Orange and White.

The Bollard can be used to mark off restricted areas, access points, public drop off zones, marking out lanes or marking out parking areas.

FlexBrite flexibility
The FlexBrite post can withstand being completely folded over.

The Bollard is made from Polyurethane meaning it can withstand being  folded over completely numerous times without cracking, bending or breaking. If you are putting marker posts in and it is in area that is likely to be hit by cars than this really the best bollard for job.

Base of Flexible post
3 x M10 anchor bolts will see the post securely fixed.

The Bollard is available in 1 metre or 750mm .  It weighs 1.6kg and has an overall diameter of 81.61mm.  The base has a diameter of 97.11mm and can be fixed with 3 x M10 anchor style fixings.

If you’d like more information or a quote on this product then please contact us on sales@starttraffic.uk or call on 01905 794875.

 

Oxford Plastics Watchman MKII Planks & Ballast Tray for Watchman Barriers

Oxford Plastics are always looking to improve their products and have recently chosen to upgrade the plastic that they were using to make the planks which make up the Watchman barrier set. The previous planks were more likely to become brittle over time and discolour. The New HDPE planks won’t go brittle with age and are far longer lasting.  The new planks are now an attractive yellow colour distinguishing them from the older type and also increasing the visibility.

Oxford Plastics Watchman mk2 Yellow PlanksThe Watchman MKII is the best solution if you need to corner off an area and the typical manhole barrier is too small to work in. The kit is available in two sizes, the 1.25m which is pictured above and a 2m kit. The only difference in the kits are the length of the reflective planks.

Oxford Plastics Watchman mk2 barrier system post

We recently featured the Ballast tray for the Avalon barrier on our blog which simply hooks onto the base of the barrier and then the tray can be filled with either sand or fence feet to add the ballast. This tray has now been adapted to work with the Watchman MKII system. The tray hooks onto the lower planks enabling much greater stability in higher winds.

watchman-ballast-tray-perspective

The fence foot adds around 24kg of ballast and it is possible to add two per Ballast Tray.  The Watchman passes wind loading Class B with 1 fence foot or 12kg of spoil added to the Ballast Tray (BS 8442:2006 Road safety regulations)

watchman-ballast-tray

There are accessories available for the Watchman MKII kit including lights and ballast trays. If you would like a quote on the MKII Watchman barrier system then please contact us here!

Supagrip SafeKerb from Oxford Plastics

The latest product from Oxford Plastics is an improved version of the widely used SafeKerb. The Supagrip Safekerb has a rubberized edge – this means there is less of a bump going both up or down all whilst improving grip. This improved grip means that it does not need to be bolted down in many applications, yet offers the ability to if risk assessment deems necessary.

The new design also allows for a greater weight capacity. The standard Safekerb is suitable for use up to 250kg where as the Supagrip version will take an extra 100kgs bringing it up to 350kg.

supagrip safekerb situated on kerb for public access

supagrip-safekerb-rubber-edge

The Supagrip Safekerb meets all the same safety requirements as the standard Safekerb and has a safe operational height of 60 -160mm.

supagrip safekerb in use

The new design has a more rigid design then the standard version and is ideal for use with mobilty scooters, sack trucks, wheel chairs, wheelie bins and push chairs up to 350kgs.

oxford plastics supagrip safekerb underside

If you are interested in more information on this product then you can contact us on 01905 794875. if you would like to see other kerb ramp options then you can visit our online store here!

Tuff Foot from Melba Swintex

The Tuff Foot from Melba Swintex is another product to help combat the problem of pedestrian barrier stabilisation. It is effectively twice the width and weight of the standard foot, bringing the weight of the foot up to 5kgs creating both a more stable and stronger structure.

Melba Foot comparison
Standard foot on the left and the new Tuff Foot on the right

The heavy duty construction makes this foot far more robust than any other type – it is almost impossible to break or crack making it particularly suitable in longer term applications.

Perspective shot of the Tuff foot
The new Melba Swintex Tuff Foot

The Tuff foot is sold separately and is compatible with all Melba Swintex pedestrian barriers. This makes it a suitable replacement foot for the Gate Barrier, Boss Barrier, Master Barrier, Olympus barrier and all other Melba Swintex branded barriers.

Melba Swintex Tuff Foot
Close up of the new Tuff Foot fitted to the Gate Barrier from Melba Swintex

The new MK5 No Waiting Cone from JSP

The JSP Triangular No Waiting Cone MK5 is the newest iteration on the traditional No Waiting Cone. A number of key improvements have been made to differentiate itself from other competing products.

This new no waiting cone is extremely well built and very robust, having a slightly heavier base than some of the other no waiting cones we have seen. This makes it even more stable in windy conditions.

JSP no waiting cone
Overall image of the JSP No Waiting cone.

The cone has a finger grab hole in the top so that it is easy to pick up as well as grab handle around the base for when you are picking them up from a stack.

Top shot of the no waiting cone
The Grab hole is a useful feature of this cone.

The 200mm Roundel ‘No waiting’ symbol fully conforms to road regulations and has 2 year UV stabilisation, to prevent any fading or discolouration.

Base of the new JSP no waiting cone
Close up of the new JSP No Waiting cone base.

This no waiting cone has a 100% recycled PVC base and a blow moulded polyethylene top.

Underside of the new triangular no waiting cone.
Underside of the new triangular no waiting cone.

One of the handy features of this cone is the unique finger grips underneath that make it a little easier when separating them from a pile of cones or even just carrying them.

the no waiting cone grab handles.
Close up of the handles that can be used when lifting the cones from stacks.

These are in stock – please call us on 01905 794 875 if you would like to order or require any more information.

Stabilising Pedestrian Barriers Part 2

Since our last blog post on Stabilising Pedestrian Barriers Oxford Plastics and Melba Swintex have both bought out new solutions to Barrier Stability. These solutions have come about because of new legislation that enforces a varying ballast being added to pedestrian barriers depending on wind speed.

Oxford plastics have modified a strong-wall base to create the brand new Avalon Ballast Base which allows the Avalon Barrier to slot into the top of the Ballast Base keeping it secure and adding 18kg of ballast.

This solution is very heavy duty and almost eliminates the possibility of the barrier tipping over or moving.

ballast base for Avalon barriers
The new Avalon Ballast Base
Oxford Plastics Ballast base
close up of Avalon ballast base

Another alternative product from Melba Swintex is an all new product called the Road Rock which uses a similar approach with a weighted block that the barrier slots into. The difference with the Melba Swintex Road Rock is that it is a multi-purpose product that can also hold any of the Melba Swintex Delineating Road bollards or hook together to create an interlocking trail.

The new Road Rock barrier stabaliser
Close up of the new Road Rock barrier stabiliser

The Road Rocks weigh in at 15kg each and 2 can be used on a single pedestrian barrier adding 30kg of ballast.

The new Road Rock barrier stabaliser
Perspective shot of the new Road Rock Pedestrian barrier stabiliser.
information sheet about the Road Rock
more information about the new Road Rock

Chapter 8 Regulations and The Red Book

The chapter 8 guidelines
From Left to Right: ‘The Red Book’, Chapter 8 Part 1: Design and Chapter 8 Part 2: Operations

If you are working on the road it is important to meet the necessary requirements. This post is intended to be a short summary of the resources available.

  • “The Red Book” – Officially ‘Safety at Street Works and Road Works – A Code of Practice‘ – Described as:“… intended to help you to safely carry out signing, lighting and guarding of street works and road works on all highways and roads, except motorways and any dual carriageways with a speed limit of 50 mph or more. This Code is directed at operatives, supervisors, managers, planners and designers who are responsible for making sure that all street and road works are safe for both operatives and the public. Road users including pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians (horse riders) should not be put at risk, and should be able to see the extent and nature of any obstruction well before they reach it.”This is a concise guide to the regulations set out in the full Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual. Read the Red Book Here.
  • Traffic Signs Manual – Part 1: Design.This is the comprehensive guide for those responsible for the design of temporary traffic management arrangements to facilitate maintenance activities.At 334 pages it can be intimidating however spells out in detail the methods involved during the design stage. It is available digitally at no cost here.
  • Traffic Signs Manual – Part 2: Operations.This is the comprehensive guide for those responsible for the planning, managing of, and participation in, implementing, maintaining and removing temporary traffic management arrangements.The second part of Chapter 8 is again very comprehensive at 229 pages. It is available digitally at no cost here.

A new name, domain and website!

Over the last month we have been simplifying our identity and branding. We started with shortening our company name to Start Traffic Ltd which removed any ambiguity from our primary business model.

Now, we are making some further improvements as part of our future ecommerce strategy from today.

Our website address has changed from starttraffic.co.uk to starttraffic.uk (All contact Email addresses are also correspondingly updated. e.g. sales@starttraffic.uk)

  • Standards and Authority – The .uk domain is set to become the de facto standard for UK websites (e.g. gov.uk) to fall in line with other country code domains. The vast majority of countries have a direct top level also (ccTLD), which means that users outside the UK are naturally inclined to type website.uk because they’re used to typing .de or .fr or .ca. The only way to survive in the web industry is to keep evolving and moving to .uk helps reflect this as it is now the third most popular country code top level domains with over 11 million .uk domains now registered.
  • Short and Sweet – It may only be three characters different, but it quickly adds up if you’re a mobile user visiting multiple times a day. Fewer characters mean less chance of typos.

A New Website – Next generation design with a familiar feel, faster and mobile friendly. Our new store is built from the ground up in alignment with our American sister company starttraffic.com

  • Our new website is designed to be mobile web responsive (smartphone friendly) enabling us to better support our vast majority of customers on the move.
  • A change is as good as a rest – Improving our function and design gives us chance to re-think the way we support our customers and products with many new features coming in the near future. You’ll hear more about this soon.

Site Wide Security – (EV SSL)

address bar showing secure connection

  • Extra security for our customers and protecting privacy – Although we have always encrypted and securely handled your personal data through our site, we have decided to go one step further and implement encryption throughout the entire browsing experience from the moment you visit us.

That’s it for now, we hope you’ll look forward to using our new site and services. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact me personally on 01905 384 666.

– Danny Start