Zonegreen has successfully installed three Points Converters machines to protect staff, at Ryde St. John’s depot on the Isle of Wight, from the risks associated with manual hand points.

The innovative system allows the points to be controlled by locally installed key switch panels, situated on walkways, to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls on uneven terrain and of manual handling injuries. It has been designed to meet the specific needs of Ryde depot, and can be expanded, if required, by adding more converters or a centralised control system which can operate all of the points and enable personnel to set routes.

Points Converters connect directly to existing hand points, automating them without the expense of a full signalling conversion. As well as protecting the staff operating them, Points Converters reduce the likelihood of derailment or damage caused by drivers travelling over switches that are not fully closed and have an internal logging device that records all movements by date and time for full traceability.