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Cable theft deterrent products from Anderton Concrete help minimise incidences of crime on Cross Rail project 

A pioneering railway cable theft deterrent has been installed to protect a section of the new Cross Rail line in Maidenhead. 

Anderton Concrete supplied Ander-finTM to the Network Rail project, which is being overseen by Balfour Beatty, as the area was deemed to be at high risk from cable theft. The company’s Anderlite Troughing and Ander-Loc products were also installed on the stretch of line to further minimise the risk of theft. 

Where installed, Ander-fin is proven to significantly reduce the incidence of rail cable theft. Such crime costs the industry up to £300,000 per incident.  The product responds to a very distinct market need: in the current Network Rail control period, the rail industry has lost more than 200,000 minutes to cable theft costings millions of pounds.

Ander-fin is manufactured from glass filled nylon and has a failure load in excess of 2kN. The easy to install product enables cables to be secured to troughs every metre in high risk areas. With copper prices currently back above $6,800 per tonne, it is an effective deterrent to cable theft.

Steve Snell, Project Engineer for Balfour Beatty, commented: “We installed Ander-fin on Cross Rail at Maidenhead because it is quick and easy to install and offers a unique, cost effective method of cable theft prevention. Given the high cost of cable theft and the risk to life I would like to see this product installed on all major schemes going forward. It has gone down as a great success with our client Network Rail and I believe they will insist on using this product in the future.”

Sharon Rice, Rail Manager at Anderton Concrete, commented; “Ander-fin is a revolutionary cable anchoring system which is designed to tension and secure the cable to the trough, preventing its removal. For this high-risk stretch of line on Cross Rail it offers a cost-effective solution which should reduce the amount of time lost through cable theft.”

Anderton Concrete Products is the market leader in the supply of cable protection products to the UK rail industry. Its extensive rage includes drainage catchpits, signal bases, point rod rollers, ballast boards, posts and postmix. For more information visit

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