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Written by Roma Publications


A brand new guttering system, coined by Lanes Rail, is extending the life of drainage systems on numerous London Underground buildings.

The revolutionary system introduced a gutter lining system that prevents leaks and avoids the need for roof assets to be replaced.

In 18 months, more than 2,000 metres of guttering at train maintenance depots across London have been lined in an extensive programme of work. Lanes Rail, part of Lanes Group, is a national drainage solutions provider and is responsible for maintenance and repair of a wide variety of roofs and roof spaces across LU.

Lanes Rail Planned Maintenance Manager Mark O’Leary said:

“We are always seeking innovative ways to solve maintenance problems efficiently and cost-effectively.

“The gutters were installed in the 1930s and 40s and are at, or beyond, their life expectancy. By lining them, we give them at least another 25 years of life, making this a very cost-effective repair solution.”

Lanes Rail uses the UK-made Plygene Gutterline lining system which includes a pliable membrane which is made-to-measure in the factory, so it is joint-free. It does not use adhesives, or need structural work during its installation.

The gutter reline technique has been used, so far, on five London Underground depots – Acton, Ruislip, Upminster, Tufnell Park, and Hainault.

Mark O’Leary added:

“We now have a full-time team working on gutter lining for London Underground. Maintaining roof drainage systems is a top maintenance priority, to protect buildings and maintain asset values.

“Rainwater getting into maintenance depots is a significant health and safety risk, and is detrimental to the welfare of maintenance staff. It has the potential to disrupt maintenance work, adding to LU costs and putting at risk the efficiency and quality of passenger rail services.”

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