GRP Handrail, Dunmurry Halt Railway Walkway

At a Glance

As part of the ongoing upgrade scheme with Translink there was a need for new Handrails at the Dunmurry Halt Rail station. Translink contracted Hanna Hutchinson Consulting Engineers Ltd as the architect, however they specifically required the use of Relinea’s GRP Re-grab handrail for this project. Relinea worked hand in hand with Hanna Hutchinson Consulting Engineers Ltd to develop a GRP Re-grab handrail system suitable for Dunmurry Halt.
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Translink, Hanna Hutchinson, Consulting Engineers Ltd


The new GRP handrails were to be installed onto the existing uneven walkway and rocky brick wall. Translink required the handrail to be continuous all around the walkway, and double level making it child-friendly, so small children could also hold on as they walk along. The rail was to be warm to the touch, avoiding any freezing feel on a cold day, and heat resistant to prevent burning in the summer. Due to the flexible features and benefits that GRP products possess; these objectives could be achieved with the well-thought-out design developed.


Our experienced in-house design team worked closely with architects Hanna Hutchinson Consulting Engineers Ltd to develop a very detailed 130m ergonomic continuous handrail system. Our Re-Grab GRP handrail was successfully installed along the existing uneven walkway using knuckle joints along the handrail as connectors, and settle brackets as wall connectors.

The rocky brick wall would have challenged the installation of any type of handrail, however, the design and GRP product features allowed for a simple fix using settle brackets. The settle brackets were drilled onto the wall and fixed on allowing for a strong, secure, and solid attachment to the rocky brick wall.

At the end of the handrail, the design allowed for the use of 90° return pieces to connect the 2-level handrail, making it continuous and keeping it safe and child friendly as per the objectives of this handrail system.

Relinea’s GRP Re-grab handrails outperform the conventional steel, aluminium, and wooden counterparts; virtually no maintenance, low installation costs, corrosion resistant, and manufactured to BS EN ISO14122-3:20012 and BS5395-1-2010.

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