Amey is exploring the use of robots and 3D printing to repair old railway tracks
The construction company estimates that the innovation could save more than '40m a year for the UK rail network as well as remove workers from risk of harm.
It is also claimed that this would be quicker than traditional rail replacement, meaning les disruption to passengers.
Amey has been working with engineering giant ABB to develop concepts.
Amey's vision is revealed by its rail innovation manager, Simon Grundy, on the company's website. He writes: '3D printing is one of the most disruptive technologies in the world today. Yet many think it remains a distant dream for large-scale engineering projects, restricted for highly-intricate components such as those used in the medical industry. The reality is that 3D printing for large-scale infrastructure is available today. Many organisations have been exploring its use with various materials from concreates to metals, polymers to fibre embedded materials.
Source: The Construction Index
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