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Debate Trackbed technology

Revelations that even recently-laid rail is suffering from breaks, head checking and guage corner cracking have cast doubt on the ability of current rail technology to provide service and reliability. The basic technology still used on most of the UK's tracks dates back to the 1850s. This week we ask: Is it time to abandon traditional trackbed technology?

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