A world leader in the fabrication of light rail electrification and transmission poles.

Based at our HQ in Darwen, our Rail Division is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of overhead steel poles for Light Rail Transit Systems. Over the years, we have also supplied many Utility companies in the UK and overseas with large overhead Steel Poles for use on the 66kv and 132kv Transmission lines.

Comprising a range of poles, accessories and cross arms, WEC Group's Light Rail products are in service with many high profile systems across the globe, including those in Manchester, Dublin, Hong Kong and Istanbul.

Across the UK, over 5000 of our poles are present on major LRT rail systems. Whatever the nature of the requirement, our investment in manufacturing and design facilities means we are consistently able to deliver on time, to the right specification, at the right place.

Examples of Recent Electrification Contracts we've supplied steelwork for.

Light rail recent projects
  • Manchester Metrolink Light Rail from 1990 - 2014
  • Sheffield Tram Lines
  • Croydon Super Tram
  • Luas Tram projects in Dublin
  • LRT projects in Hong Kong (Tun Muen)
  • LRT Istanbul
Our specialist team provide an efficient and cost-effective design, development and construction management service for Rail Electrification.


WEC Group is today one of the World’s leading specialists in the design and manufacture of steel columns and poles for use in supply and distribution, municipal lighting and light rail applications.

Whether standard or custom designed, all our products benefit from the highest standards of quality and structural rigidity. Fabricated from high grade tube, our poles and columns are hot dipped galvanised to provide a safe, durable and maintenance fee coating.

In terms of versatility, WEC Group’s products make an equally convincing proposition. By retaining our own in-house design facility, we have the ability to manufacture poles to any height or loading specifications required and are able to customise poles to your exact requirements.

WEC Rail is also actively involved with Rail electrification contracts. Based at the Group’s HQ, our sister company Cobrolite Export Limited is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of overhead steel poles for Light Rail Transit systems and for overhead Electrification lines.

Transmission and Distribution Poles

We also manufacture poles for transmission and distribution installations such as overhead lines of 11kV, 33kV, 133kV 220kV and even larger, as single or double phase.

Though all our poles are available fully assembled, they can also be supplied in component form as slip joint assemblies. They are thus easier to transport to site and cheaper to erect than lattice towers and pylons. They are, without doubt, the poles of the future.

With their attractive design, our products are well suited to aesthetically sensitive installations. And because WEC products seldom incur any way-leave difficulties, they are ideal for locations where planning permission is a factor.

Light Columns

WEC Group’ know-how extends to a wide range of roadway and roadside lighting columns incorporating car park and security lighting applications.

For maximum customer satisfaction, all WEC lighting columns are trail erected before they leave the factory. Our extensive manufacturing capacity means we are able to accommodate the most urgent or complex of client requirements.

For all Light Rail enquiries, please contact us:
T: 01254 773718
E: rail@wecl.co.uk