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Uphill task

An alternative to scrambling up steep railway embankments has been devised by Bristol company Kwik-Step The company's modular stairway system is now being used by a number of contractors including Balfour Beatty, First Engineering and Jarvis.

The system comprises an aluminium or galvanised steel stairway that fixes to an embankment. Preparation is said to be minimal and the stairway follows the gradient and contours of the slope.

It is fixed to the slope with steel pins, avoiding the need for foundations. The design caters for temporary or permanent installation and can be used on any gradient from 0-60 0.Balfour Beatty works and off track manager Dave Milbourn describes the stairway as, 'a major contribution to site safety.'

The stairway is now being used at public events and by the emergency services.

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