Thursday 21 Mar 2019
Lighting the way at London Liverpool Street
Over 3,500 lights have been replaced at London Liverpool Street station, saving energy and helping Network Rail to reduce its carbon footprint.
The station – which is Britain’s second busiest with 66 million passengers annually – now has LED lighting on the concourse and on all of its 18 platforms and other public areas.
The task to replace all the lights started in 2017 and it is estimated over 800,000 kWh will be saved each year by using the Goodlight LED lamps, reducing energy costs.
Adam Thackeray, Network Rail’s works delivery manager at London Liverpool Street station, commented: “Network Rail is fully committed to reducing its carbon footprint.
“We decided to move to LED lighting at London Liverpool Street as its better for the environment, it saves energy, is cheaper and it improves the experience for passengers.
“The opportunity to reduce costs for lamp replacement was also a significant consideration as LED lights typically last for up for five years, so they don’t need replacing as often.
“By shining a light on the problem, we hope other stations owned by Network Rail will consider switching to LED fittings.”
The LED lighting will also increase the efficiency of emergency lighting thanks to the installation of 3 new backup power supply rooms. As the LED lights run at a cooler temperature than the previous bulbs, they are more reliable and less prone to heat related failures.
In 2017/18, of the total Network Rail carbon emissions, Anglia route was responsible for 7%.
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.