As you’re driving down along a particular stretch of road, out on your usual daily business, you may have, from time to time, noticed small plastic cabinets sticking out by the roadside. Sometimes they’ll be fairly discrete, tucked away behind a hedge or a railing out of sight, others they may be quite brazen and easily noticeable. These roadside cabinets have probably puzzled you, or you may have made the necessary leap of logic or bout of research and figured out what they are already.
Many of you are very clever ducks, after all.
For those who remain curious about the actual function of such roadside cabinets, however, allow this humble writer to offer a brief summary as to what exactly they’re doing sitting at the roadside.
Most broadly, roadside cabinets are used to house major electronics used in roadside objects such as traffic lights, ensuring that if ever there is a technical fault with their wiring there is a minimum of road works. The traffic lights may be manipulated with ease from the side of the road, and ongoing traffic suffers from minimal disruption. However those electronics also need to be protected from elements, passing idiots and other dangers that may damage the vital workings. After all, if the major electrical components of the traffic lights get damaged, they may start to malfunction or cease to work entirely. This causes major disruptions with traffic, or may even cause aq major accident. This is bad. As such the roadside cabinet is by necessity there to protect them from those things. Other such roadside objects that will need housing for their electronics can include streetlamps, CCTV or speed cameras.
Certain roadside cabinets may also house things a lot more essential to infrastructure, such as public gas or electric meters, or access to waterlines.
Sometimes roadside cabinets may possess other objects that it is necessary to keep safe. For example along riversides, the coast or lakes, roadside cabinets may contain a lifebelt and safety line to throw out to people who have fallen into the water and are at risk of driving. Along major motorways, there may also be roadside cabinets containing hotlines to the emergency services or motor help lines in the case of a crash, breakdown or accident. There may also be a first aid kit.
Usually roadside cabinets are made from metal, however plastic is becoming increasingly popular due to their greater resistance to chemical corrosion and long-lasting natures. Plastic is also cheap, and while light weight it can be highly resistant to damage, making it a good alternative material for local government on a budget. Roadside cabinets can also be bought privately, so as to provide for more personal matters, such as electronics for the lighting of one’s driveway.
For more information about roadside cabinets and other plastics products, please feel free to visit the website of Kingsley Plastics, and see a wide range of what they have on offer or seek expert advice. Otherwise, you can phone them directly by phoning (+44) 01837 83154.