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Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground

Icon Polymer : 21 May, 2014  (Application Story)
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Canopy barriers are fitted above the doors at the end of each carriage to prevent unauthorised passenger egress from the train. Made from a customer engineered elastomer reinforced with fabrics and metallics, the barriers, which  will be produced at Icon’s dedicated manufacturing facility at Retford in the UK, will comply with all the requirements of BS6853 for low smoke and low toxicity.  
 
In-house competence to create materials to comply with smoke and toxicity standards was cited as a key criterion. Icon is an established supplier of safety products for the London Underground, having supplied 15,000 inter-car inner barriers as part of a major refurbishment project on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines during 2012, as well as inter-carriage gap protectors for the Bakerloo and Victoria lines.
 
The Group also supplies products to the wider global rail sector, in the form of its Silentbloc brand of bogie and suspension components and engine vibration control mounts.
 
Neuss Arden, Project Manager for London Underground, commented: “Passenger safety remains a primary consideration for us and the area between carriages is one where the design and integration of safety products is critical.”
 
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