Keeping on Track with the Rail Industry

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When it comes to supplying welfare facilities and temporary accommodation units to the rail sector, there are specific considerations to be taken into account. One of the most important is working within the rail industry’s strict time constraints.

A-Plant Accommodation supplying the rail industry

Stringent timeframes

Timed deliveries and collection of equipment are absolutely critical, as suppliers often need to work within a stringent two hour timeframe of when units can be delivered or collected. At A-Plant Accommodation, we have the scale and resource to meet your expectations, with a wide range of mobile welfare units and static welfare and accommodation units for hire all around the country, and a large workforce of qualified fitters on standby if required.

Work on the trackside is carried out within a strict eight hour time window and equipment often has to be delivered after 9pm and collected by 5-6am to ensure minimal disruption to rail commuters. Having the ability to provide a 24/7 hour service is paramount in the rail industry and we work round the clock to make sure we provide you with a first class service. Site surveys are carried out prior to delivery and contract numbers are in place to ensure that everything is in order for you beforehand, leaving no room for error or delays.

Mobile welfare unit on hire to the rail industry

Full service solution

Another significant advantage of dealing with A-Plant Accommodation is that we can provide you with a full service solution. It’s not just a matter of us supplying welfare or accommodation units - all plumbing and electrical work is carried out to ensure that water and electric supplies are fully set-up and ready to go. In fact, our self-contained welfare units can be installed in as little as 30 minutes. With Project Managers working across the country, rail projects are planned with ultimate precision.

Latest equipment

The quality of welfare and accommodation units provided is another critical consideration in the rail sector and many of our rail customers are supplied with their own dedicated cabins in corporate colours and built to their exact specification. One such customer is Colas Rail which has a sole supplier agreement in place with A-Plant Accommodation and is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services and the track delivery partner for Network Rail’s £800m investment programme.

“We hire eight welfare units from A-Plant Accommodation on a long-term basis. The units are very high quality and we have six 24ft units and two 16ft units which are all branded in our corporate colours. The units are moved around every weekend depending on which sites we’re working on and we use them for a range of purposes. For instance, one is used for signing in trackside operatives, one is used as a canteen and store and one is used as the Colas office and also incorporates a drying room.”

Dean Mansfield, Colas Rail

With towable, mobile and static accommodation units available, as well as portable toilet facilities, the units meet the highest of health and safety and fire regulations and we invest millions in purchasing the very latest equipment from leading manufacturers. Our mobile welfare units are particularly well suited for use in the rail sector as they don’t require any hardstanding, can be located in remote or inaccessible areas and can be manoeuvred and secured into position in less than three minutes.

Two rail contractors sat in an A-Plant Accommodation mobile welfare unit

Safe and comfortable facilities

Our units can be used as offices, stores, canteens and for providing safe and comfortable welfare facilities for your staff to rest, refresh, dry their clothes and prepare food. By hiring your welfare facilities from A-Plant Accommodation, you can be assured that all health, safety and environmental regulations will be met and that the units provided will be clean and modern, with energy saving features.

Fuel and carbon emission savings

If sustainability and noise prevention are of particular concern, our fleet comprises eco rated units which offer environmental features over and above our standard units, such as PIR lighting and eco-flush toilets. Rather than solely relying on a diesel generator, our eco rated self-contained welfare units have a 12-volt battery on board to provide power for certain periods of the day or night. These units can provide you with annual fuel savings of up to £2,000 based on units running five days a week for eight hours a day, and an impressive carbon dioxide emission saving of over 10,000kg per year.


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