M.A.S.S. Chosen by Class One Traffic Management Ltd
29 March 2017
Edinburgh City Centre and surrounding streets have seen a major change in Public Transport with the new addition of electric trams. The T.I.E. (Tram Initiative Edinburgh) will reduce traffic congestion throughout the City whilst substantially lowering CO2 levels and improving the public’s enjoyment of the historic ambience of the City.
Traffic Management Contractor for the project, Class One, demonstrated the M.A.S.S. to Edinburgh Council and the T.I.E. Consultants in the early days of the project. Having used M.A.S.S. on other projects, Class One were confident that it was the best proprietary barrier to fill all the necessary requirements for this complex job.
The M.A.S.S. steel barrier is purpose made for installation on 40 mph speed areas or less. The M.A.S.S. 1 type vehicle restraint system is fully tested and compliant with containment level T2 W5 of BS EN 1317-2:1988. Providing protection to the workforce, vehicle drivers and pedestrians – Edinburgh’s Tram Project had all of these in abundance!
“M.A.S.S. has proved its safety record and popularity by being installed in a large number of T.I.E.’s traffic management requirements by Class One Traffic Management.” Alan McDowall (Class One – Senior Contracts Manager).
Whilst the public and vehicle safety considerations were of prime importance in recommending M.A.S.S., ease and speed of movement and simplicity of installation were other considerations. The installation of tramways within existing public highways required extensive enabling works to be carried out throughout the two and half year project.
Temporary and semi-permanent traffic signals were needed for safe passage of pedestrians to and from busy areas. M.A.S.S. was readily accepted as part of the Public Safety requirement when submitting highway changes. The easily recognised red and white steel temporary safety barrier proved to be a reassurance to the travelling public.