Friday 28 Nov 2003


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Network Rail has left passengers high and dry (well, dry at least!) following the completion of a project to re-roof Nelson station on the East Lancs Line at a cost of nearly £42,500. The work was carried out by Serco Rail Property on behalf of Network Rail and took just over seven weeks to complete. It involved renewing all the life expired roof coverings to the main canopy roof and the lead flashings to the glazing system. A safety rail was constructed to one side of the roof so that the workers could be harnessed to it, allowing them to work in complete safety. The old roof covering consisted of three layers of roofing felt, which were removed to reveal a close-boarded wooden decking system, which the contractors then covered with an 18mm thick layer of plywood. A single-ply waterproof membrane was then bonded (glued) to the new plywood decking and the seams were hot welded together to ensure there were no gaps that would allow the rain to seep in. Using approved contractors to carry out the work means that the new roofing system carries a 25-year guarantee from the manufacturer.

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