Category: Rail & Highways



With our continuous growth and Anchor Systems fast becoming the preferred supplier of ground anchoring systems within the Rail sector, we are pleased to announce that Matt Barber has joined us as Rail Manager.

Matt brings with him over 4 years of experience and a vast knowledge of systems within the Rail industry, as well as a passion for innovation and design.



We asked Matt a few questions to get to know him better:

How long have you been in the industry? I have been working in the Rail industry for the past 4 years and working with Anchor Systems for the past year and half as a supplier.

What part of your work has been the most enjoyable in that time? I’ve enjoyed being part of an ever changing industry, where innovation is taking the front foot on improvements within the rail. There is a huge investment in the Rail and I enjoy being part of this investment.

What are you most excited about in your new role here at Anchor Systems? I am excited about being part of a well established and an international leader of ground anchoring systems and being part of an excellent team. I hope to be a key member in the companies continuous growth within the Rail industry and bring my experience into my new role as Rail Manager.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? My spare time is mostly spent with my wife Becky and our 3 daughters, but when we have the time we like to travel and hope to see more of Europe and the UK.

Welcome to the team, Matt.

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Magazine Articles

Anchor Systems (International) Ltd have featured in a number of Rail Professional publications, below are the issues we have featured in this year.

Click on the images to read the relating articles:

March 2022

In the March issue, you can read about our new Quick-Stage with Anchor Screw foundations used on a Network Rail project in Flitwick, Bedfordshire.


May 2022

In May’s issue, read about a project where Anchor System’s Vulcan Earth anchors were used to stabilise railway bridge abutments on the A339 in Alton.


June 2022

In the June issue, read about our new and existing innovative level crossing and trackside systems.

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Following the success of last year’s event, we will be back – bigger and better than before for 2022!

Find us across stands M6A – M6C where we will be showcasing our Anchor Screw products and Vulcan Earth Anchors.

Come and see some of our latest systems already in use for Network Rail, installation demos / videos, new innovations, and information on how our products can benefit your next trackside project.


Rail Live is the largest plant exhibition in the UK and entry is free – click HERE to book your tickets.


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New Hydraulic Power Pack


We have upgraded our range of Hydraulic Power Pack’s to include more benefits for the user.


  • Collapsible handle – Making it easy to manoeuvre

  • Hinged carry lid – Provides somewhere to carry hoses while still being able to easily access the engine

  • UK manufactured engine – Reliable and easily serviceable

  • 20-30L – Can be used to install Anchor Posts, Anchor Screws and Vulcan Earth Anchors

  • Available to hire or purchase


Download the technical information brochure HERE


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Introducing the Anchor Screw Brochure

Anchor Screw Brochure Download

Hot off the press and just landed at Anchor Systems HQ is our brand new Anchor Screw brochure! Download it now.

Our patented Anchor Screw is an easy to install foundation solution that has enhanced environmental benefits compared to it’s alternatives.

This system was designed and evolved from the needs of some Network Rail projects that required to improve both the efficiency and sustainability of their standard construction materials and methods.

The Anchor Screw eradicates the need to use concrete and is made in Britain from 100% recycled UK steel. It can also be made with a 100+ year lifespan making it economical as well sustainable.

You can see the system in use in these two project reports:
Hither Green Signalling Renewal Project
Westbourne Park Segregation Barrier Project

Benefits and Features

  • Speed
    Typically installed in under 10 minutes per anchor

  • Easy to Install
    Zero on-track plant or RRV’s required as installed with lightweight, handheld equipment

  • Dust
    Zero dust is generated as no cementitious products required

  • Environmental
    Fully reusable and Made in Britain from UK recycled steel

  • Longevity
    Can be designed with 50 or 100+ year lifespans dependant on client requirements

  • Water and Drying Times
    Zero water consumed or drying time required, as no wet trades involved

  • HAVS
    Zero risk as the installation equipment is non-percussive

  • Noise
    Installation is relatively quiet. The installation equipment runs at 80-85db

  • Versatility
    Easily adjustable to guarantee the correct positioning with patented design features

  • Mess and Waste Materials
    Zero mess due to no digging required nor any general wasted materials, which reduce manhours and project risks


You can download the brochure here: Download Now

Or if you would like to book a CPD presentation for you and your team or get your hands on a physical copy then pop us an email:

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Anchor Systems will be at Network Rail Level Crossing Innovations Day


We are excited to announce that we will be at the Network Rail Level Crossing Innovations Day on the 5th October 2021.


We will be displaying our Anchor Screw Foundation System which are approved to be used to quickly and easily install signage along the Network Rail routes.


To find out more GET IN TOUCH.


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Join us at Rail Live 2021




Unfortunately last years Rail Live event had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions however this year is planned to be the biggest and best year yet and Anchor Systems will be there to greet you.


Rail Live is a huge event with over 250 exhibitors and entry is free, you can book your ticket by clicking here.

We will be showcasing our Vulcan Earth Anchors®, patented Anchor Post and the all new Anchor Screw allowing you to see them up close and find out how they can help on your next project.


You will be able to see some of the below systems on display on our stand and we will be more than happy to talk you through how they work and how they could help you save money on your future projects.

  • Vulcan Earth Anchors
  • Anchor Post
  • Anchor Screw
  • New integrated walkway with handrail and cable management toughing all in one system
  • Elevated troughing
  • Signage with simple anchoring systems (no concrete needed to install these)
  • Geotextile anchors
  • Backstay/utility anchors


Vulcan Earth Anchors the Anchor Post and the Anchor Screw have all been used extensively throughout the UK rail networks and have proved to be reliable and rapidly installed systems.


The Anchor Post was originally designed for use on the London Underground network as an alternative to concrete as a foundation, to support the cables that ran along the trackside of the overground sections of network. Since then, the Anchor Post has been developed further to make it usable for a variety of applications to support light weight structures such as signals, lights, CCTV and track side tool boxes.





The Vulcan Earth Anchor is the ideal solution in retaining slopes and geotextile meshing along the banks of railway lines to help with erosion control and landslip prevention. They are lighter and more easily manoeuvrable than traditional soil nails and can be installed quickly making them extremely cost effective. The Vulcan earth anchors can also be used to support bridges and retaining walls when these structures have starting to fail.







The Anchor Screw has been around for a little while but we have developed it over the past few years and it has been become increasingly popular due to the removal of any HAVS as the installation equipment is non-percussive and the fact that it is a quieter system to install at less than 90db. It is currently being used with our Rapid Route System to install cable toughing along Network Rail.




To find out more about how our anchors are used in the Rail & Highway sectors please click here.

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Are you still using concrete?

Did you know that concrete is the most destructive material on Earth?

It is the most widely used man-made material in existence. It is second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet. In an ever-changing world where we are trying to reduce our carbon footprint, we are overlooking one of the biggest causes. Concrete is said to be responsible for around 8% of the world’s CO2 emissions. We have focused largely over the past several years on reducing our plastic use, yet all the plastic produced over the past 60 years amounts to 8bn tonnes, the cement industry pumps out more than that every two years.


We are not saying never use concrete. There is a place for concrete until we find something else that compares with it without the negative impact on the environment. But why use concrete unnecessarily?


When looking at foundation systems, instead of digging up vast areas of earth and filling them with concrete, look at alternatives.


The Anchor Post and Anchor Screw are made up from 100% recycled British steel, do not require any concrete to hold them in place and there is no digging required or removing of the soil. As there is no concrete there is no drying time and installations can be completed in a single visit. The unique dome head allows for adjustments to be made easily and simply. Bespoke interface plates can be designed to suit each individual application.

On a recent project with Balfour Beatty and Network Rail (see here), our system was used instead of concrete and the below results were recorded:


  • 60 per cent time saving on foundation installation


  • 40 per cent cost saving of £369 per metre to £221 per metre (derived from man hour savings, elimination of plant requirements, reduced possession requirements)


  • 73 per cent embodied carbon reduction on materials, equivalent to 13,920kg CO2e and 89.4 per cent material saving


  • Zero on-track plant and zero water consumed


  • UK manufacturing and local materials, eliminating mainland European transportation miles


If you would like to find out more about the Anchor Post or Anchor Screw and how it can eradicate the need for concrete and make your next project a more sustainable one, then please email us or contact us on 01342 719 362.

You can also download our brochures here.






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What Is a Vulcan Earth Anchor?

A Vulcan Earth Anchor® is a percussion driven mechanical ground anchor. It can also be referred to as an Earth Anchor or Percussion Anchor.

Vulcan Earth Anchors are used as a cost effective and rapidly installed system to provide a positive force on a verity or projects.

The Vulcan Earth Anchor range was designed by Anchor Systems (International) Ltd as a simple, reliable and cost-effective ground anchoring solution with the ability to provide immediate loading capacities from 1 – 450kN in displaceable ground conditions with extensive applications.


The concept involves a specially designed earth anchor with a larger surface area, attached to high yield tie bars or tendons to suit a variety of conditions, being driven into the ground where it is locked in position. The tensile load is applied, and the exposed end locked off and terminated.


With their ease of use and speed of installation, Vulcan Earth Anchors provide a time and cost saving alternative to more traditional means of anchoring, particularly where tight programme schedules are involved. This combined with the wide range of sizes available means that the Vulcan Earth Anchor has gained recognition across a vast array of applications internationally.



  • Larger surface area allowing the Vulcan Earth Anchor to achieve the greatest holding capacity in all ground conditions
  • Rapid installation
  • Largest range of anchors in the World ranging from 1 – 450kN+
  • We are the only company globally to manufacture and stock fully stainless-steel systems
  • Bespoke design available
  • Huge stock of plant and products with next day delivery available
  • Made in Britain


If you would like more details on our Vulcan Earth Anchor you can view our brochure or email us.


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Strong Support for M1 Temporary Works



Our latest article in the New Civil Engineer magazine covers our recent project in association with Galliford Try and Van Elle to create temporary support to an under bridge along the M1.






Read the full article below:

“Anchor Systems (International) was approached by Galliford Try and piling and ground engineering
specialist contractor Van Elle to design a temporary ground anchor scheme forming part of sheet pile temporary works at an under bridge on the M1 junction 13 to 16 smart motorway scheme.

Ground investigation data provided by the client suggested that the anchors would be installed into made ground forming the motorway embankment, a material that can be challenging to work with, due to its varied nature. The required prop forces were defined by the client which allowed Anchor Systems’ in-house design department to select the AS-300 as the correct anchor from its range of Vulcan earth anchors. Once the initial concept was approved by the client, an indemnified design
was provided. This identified the tendon diameter based on load requirements and the acceptable deflections of the sheet pile wall.

To validate the design, which up to this point was based on interpretation of ground investigation data, a series of test anchors was installed and tested to ensure they met or exceeded the predicted performance. Programme constraints meant that vertical test anchors had to be used, installed behind the pile line such that they intersected the stratum where the live anchors would be positioned. Under the supervision of Anchor Systems staff, four test anchors were installed by Van Elle, one at each bridge abutment, using a hydraulic breaker mounted on a 13t excavator. These
were then “load locked” using a high pressure hollow hydraulic ram, achieving a maximum load of 220kN, which Anchor Systems has said is greater than that achievable by other UK ground anchor
manufacturers. The load information, together with details of the installation time, was then used by Anchor Systems’ design department to substantiate the original design. The final design document was then passed to the client for its review and acceptance. Following on from a successful acceptability test and geotechnical design, the systems have been approved and installation is currently underway.”



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