Gully grates for smart motorway

Hundreds of gully grates have been provided for the M60-M62 smart motorway by Wrekin Products.

Wrekin Products’ V grate range is designed for use in Group 4 D400 class environments and is perfectly suited to projects such as smart motorways. The range exceeds the requirements of Highway England’s HA 104/09 guidance.  

The road forms an important part of the main east-west transport corridor, linking Merseyside and Greater Manchester with Yorkshire and the Humber. It is used by over 180,000 vehicles per day. The project is a joint venture between Balfour Beatty; Carillion; BAM Nuttall/Morgan Sindall; Costain; HHJV and F&G.

To help smart motorways achieve their aims, it is critical that all elements of the infrastructure – ironwork included – are robust, safe and require minimal maintenance.

Wrekin Products worked closely with the client, offering technical advice and adapting the specification of the product to ensure it would provide the optimum solution.

Following the approach from and subsequent discussions with Manchester Smart Motorways JV, product samples were sent for approval to the scheme’s engineer. Once approval was granted, an order was placed for 400 units.

Manufactured from strong and highly durable ductile iron with enlarged frame corners to help dissipate the load and with a minimum area of 2200cm², surface water is evacuated efficiently.

Ease of access results from this being a hinged product but with captive hinges the risk of theft is reduced and cleaning made easy.

Deliveries of the V grates were carried out at a time and date to suit the contractor.

After delivery, Wrekin’s experts visited the site to observe the product installation, ensuring the site operatives were happy with the product and were installing it correctly.

Wrekin continues to engage with the senior engineering team to determine any special requirements they have going forward.