M.A.S.S. Barrier in Manchester 1 Year On

1 April 2014

“M.A.S.S. Multi Application Safety System is delivering all of its operational benefits.” states Lee Pilling, Gallagher traffic manager for Manchester Metrolink contractor Morgan Sindall.

Utilised for its ability to deliver traffic, public and worksite safety, M.A.S.S. Siteguard has been strategically placed in busy, often confined, high street positions to reduce public interchange.  The 1.5m long steel base units are freestanding, linking together to form not only a formidable vandal proof site guard but also wind and weather protection.  The Victoria Station sections phases I.II and IIICC is the fifth section of the multi-billion pound Manchester Metrolink that M.A.S.S. has been used to provide carriage and footway safety solutions.

Phase 1 of the Victoria Station section has the long-term goal of reducing City traffic congestion whilst increasing tram capacity within the City from the existing 25 million yearly passenger journeys.  The essential job of adding extra platforms and expanding tram track ways whilst prior moving all services from the planned routes is being carried out with minimal disruption to existing traffic routes and high street shops.  Placed in high vehicle density situations be it tram, traffic, public or a mix of all three, the M.A.S.S. barrier has proved to be a cost efficient method of providing recognised site safety to all sectors.

M.A.S.S. Roll-on Roll-off Stability

The red and white powder coated galvanised steel base units form the foundation for the different M.A.S.S. interchangeable guard systems used by Gallagher throughout the Metrolink work sites.  The high visibility M.A.S.S. base units are mounted unfixed with no coring or drilling required.  Weighing 48kg each section can be manually positioned and easily linked together to form a safe working / public zone.  Roll-on roll-off stability uses the weight of the errant vehicle to stabilise the barrier at its base should a vehicle impact occur.  The vehicle is then redirected back onto the roadway away from public or work zones.  This ability to provide proven and tested public safety with a product that is easily positioned yet quickly moved from site to site is a valuable resource in Lee’s traffic management requirements.  M.A.S.S. 1 has been fully tested to T2W5. 

(Asset) M.A.S.S. Siteguard is earthed to provide additional site safety where live overhead power cables provide power to move people.

All service ‘STATS’ are moved and re-located away from new tram routes prior to track laying with new routes requiring sweeping curve layouts.  This has often required major sewage and infrastructure work en-route whilst public transport and high street access being necessary to keep “businesses open” when work is carried out.  Once completed, the M.A.S.S. barrier is leap-frogged to the next section.

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