Access Covers for Shared Spaces
What are shared surfaces?
- Areas where the demarcation between pedestrians and drivers is minimised.
- Use deep paving materials rather than typical road construction materials.
- Areas that have low speed limits.
- Qualify as B125 areas because they feature slow moving traffic.
What happens when a B125 access cover is trafficked by vehicles?
|Maximum European Gross Vehicle Weight||44,000|
|Maximum European Axle Weight||11,500|
|Maximum Wheel Load (Axle Kg²)||5,570|
|Add: 10% for Overloaded Axle||575|
|Add: 15% for Dynamic Wheel Load||949|
|Add: 60% for Margin of Safety||4,364|
|Total Theoretical Wheel Load||11,638|
|Test Load of B125 Covers||13,750|
This proves that B125 covers are suitable for use in any area subject to slow moving vehicle traffic including HGVs.
What happens to access covers in shared surface areas?
- Truck turns onto access cover
- Force from the power steering twists the cover out of the ground
- Deeper frames with standard recessed cover tray (HomeZone).
- Removes the need for a concrete fillet around the outside of the frame as deep blocks can be placed right up to the edge.
- Filled covers can still be safely lifted by a single person.
- In-house testing shows this design meets the loading requirements of B125.
- Openreach approved solution for Homezone areas and shared spaces.
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