Retention Sockets, X-Last Hoop
Demountable Street Furniture | London
NAL were tasked with providing a solution to enable the complete removal of street furniture from demountable, rubber trafﬁc islands.
Furniture would need to be completely removed once a year, to allow for the Lord Mayor’s procession. City of London Corporation, opted to utilise the NAL X-Last Hoop Bollards with ‘keep left’ signage, positioned near Moorgate Station. These bollards would need to be removed alongside trafﬁc signal poles.
The client speciﬁed and installed 2 x NAL RS76 Retention Sockets into the rubber trafﬁc islands. The trafﬁc signal poles were already removable, having been installed in RS115 NAL Retention Sockets. In combining Rosehill Highways rubber trafﬁc islands, with the NAL Sockets a total demountable solution was achieved.
In selecting to install within retention sockets, City of London Corporation have ensured furniture can be easily taken down in preparation for the Lord Mayor’s procession. Stored until the event has ﬁnished, signals and signage can then be re-installed quickly, efﬁciently and with minimum disruption.
Coupled with this, utilisation of the X-Last Hoop Bollards has delivered numerous additional beneﬁts to the client. As they cannot be broken, dented or affected by rust, it is highly unlikely they would need replacing. In the event of a knock down, they return to their original position and form due to their ﬂexibility, attributed to their manufacture from an innovative formula of a polymer material.
This ﬂexibility makes the bollards extremely safe in comparison to metal counterparts, that are anchored to the ground, and can cause serious harm to vehicles and people.
Having a low HIC (Head Injury Criteria) value, the X-Last Hoop Bollard subsequently contributes to Transport for London’s endorsement of the Vision Zero Campaign. Originating in Sweden, this is a multi- national road trafﬁc safety project that aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries involving road trafﬁc.