HiSec fencing on first phase of East West Rail

Rail perimeter systems manufacturer Zaun has supplied high-security fencing for the first phase of construction on the East-West Rail Link.

East-West Rail is a major project to establish a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England. It is split into three distinct sections: Western, Central and Eastern.

Work has already begun on the Western section, with phase 1 being an upgrade of the line between Oxford and Bicester in a collaboration between Network Rail and Chiltern Railways and connection of the railway to the Chiltern main line Bicester with the construction of 1km of the new railway.

Last month, the down line permanent way was connected near to the M40 road bridge. It re-established the rail connection between Bicester and Oxford for the first time since removing the existing single track a year ago.

Zaun has supplied 825 metres of 3m-high HiSec Super6 mesh fencing panels to Wildside Ltd, a local contractor who specialises in vegetation clearance, fencing and environmental work.

Wildside has been working on clearing trees and fencing for 18 months in collaboration with joint venture Buckingham Group Carillion on the line between Bicester and Oxford, where the Zaun fencing has gone alongside the enhanced freight facilities at MoD Bicester.

Zaun’s HiSec Super fencing was developed in consultation with the Home Office as its premier high-security system for sensitive sites. Super8 and Super10 have received Security Rating certification to LPS1175 and entry into the Red Book from the Buildings Research Establishment.

In addition to links to the Chiltern main line, East-West Rail will link to the Great Western mainline at Didcot Parkway, the West Coast mainline at Bletchley and the Midland mainline at Bedford Midland.

In time, from Bedford, it will connect East to Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich using part of the former Varsity Line.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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