Balfour Beatty offers solutions for complex track quality problems, improving performance and reducing life cycle costs.


XiTRACK is a unique polyurethane ballast reinforcement product developed by Balfour Beatty to solve track quality problems. XiTRACK works by applying controlled amounts of liquid polyurethane onto the ballast surface. The polymer runs through the ballast and sets within a few seconds. The result is a layer of reinforced ballast with pre-designed engineering properties and thickness.

  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Rapid curing – typically sets in seconds
  • Very long service life
  • Ballast still freely drains after treatment
  • High fixity can be achieved using ballasted track components
  • Full Network Rail Product Acceptance

For more information, see our XiTRACK brochure

Embedded rail system

Balfour Beatty’s Embedded Rail System (ERS) improves rail performance and reduces life cycle costs. Suitable for all traffic, from high speed, heavy freight, to metros or light rail, the system enables an efficient, low profile reinforced concrete track slab.

The track slab has a typical system depth of only 370mm (top of rail to bottom of slab) saving 300-400mm over a traditional ballasted system. This provides extra clearance for larger vehicles or smaller tunnels, for new overhead electrification installations or for reducing weight on viaducts and bridges.

Initial installation using either slipform or pre-cast concrete is both fast and economical.

  • Lifecycle costs reduced by up to 30%
  • Increased clearance and capacity
  • Improved safety
  • Increased reliability
  • Flexibility of installation

For more information, see our Embedded Rail System datasheet