Temporary parapet protection system: Paragard

Connect Plus Services (CPS) has developed a temporary parapet protection system, Paragard, in collaboration with members of its supply chain and Highways England.

The team aimed to find a more effective solution for incidents on the network resulting in parapet damage, one that reduces disruption to road users and maintains safety standards in line with EN13.

In February 2016, an incident on an elevated section of the M25 at Junction 2 resulted in extensive parapet damage. The subsequent repair required lane and speed restrictions for a considerable period of time, and highlighted the need for an alternative solution.

CPS and supply chain partner Pell and Baldwin devised a temporary parapet protection system that provides safety and journey time reliability benefits to road users.

The team engaged with specialist suppliers who repair and fabricate parapet on our network to design a system that could be installed safely and quickly and enable full network capacity to be regained. The team identified that using existing post fixings would minimise any further impact on the damaged structure and enable the proposed replacement system to be fixed correctly, meeting the required safety standards.

CPS and its partners have devised a ‘one size fits all’ solution. This was formally named as Paragard and the system was fabricated ready for testing. Once tested and approved, CPS plans to fabricate four systems to be placed at strategic locations around the M25 network in readiness for any incident where this solution can be utilised and training will be rolled out to existing CPS lead installers.

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