Abacus begins countdown to 2012 Olympics
Abacus is delighted to have been chosen to install its patented base-hinged columns on all platforms across the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) network
London, England: December 2008
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is undergoing a major extension in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics and Abacus Lighting is delighted to have been chosen to install its patented base-hinged columns on all platforms across the network.
The DLR, which serves East London, has been instrumental in the regeneration of both the region’s residential and commercial areas, in particular the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf. Since its opening in 1987, it has undergone many extensions and now comprises 31km of railway carrying 64 million passengers a year.
Passenger numbers are expected to rise to 80 million by 2009 and the network will also be a key transport provider during the 2012 London Olympics, linking the Olympic Park with other venues.
Already, the DLR has already been extended to London City Airport and two further extensions are planned to take the system south of the Thames to the Woolwich shooting venue by 2009 and to link the ExCel Arena venue to Stratford International for the Olympic Park by 2010.
The extension project is expected to be completed by 2010 and, so far this year, Abacus has supplied around 140 4 metre painted base-hinged lighting columns. In addition Abacus will be providing training to operatives of the columns to ensure compliance with the correct procedures.
The Abacus column is the market leader in hinged columns. Developed specifically for the railway industry in 1962, it has now been installed on nearly every rail platform across the UK.