Abacus Lighting

Lighting the Gateway to the East Midlands

East Midlands Parkway has been hailed as one of the greenest stations yet and Abacus low light pollution lanterns were at the heart of the station design

Ratcliffe on Soar, England: April 2009



East Midlands Parkway

The environmentally friendly Parkway promises to bring big advantages for the local economy, environment and transport links. The station aims to get people off the already congested M1, out of their cars and on to trains, opening up the region even further.

"Our low light pollution lanterns and the functionality of our base-hinged columns, meant our proposal met the design brief perfectly" commented Darren Pearce, Sales Manager.

The 8m and 10m high columns have been fitted with our Orion and Trivium lanterns which have been designed to ensure that environmental impact is significantly reduced by effectively controlling obtrusive light, reducing overspill and directing light only where it is needed.

The Orion is also fitted with a patented two-step reflector system; this allows fewer lighting points to be used, saving on running costs, infrastructure and maintenance.

Network Rail commissioned us to supply 95 of our patented base-hinged columns for the lighting of the station’s four platforms, car park and access roads.
The base-hinged columns were specifically designed for the railway industry back in 1962, evolving into today’s modern product; they have proved a huge success and are installed in railways across the length and breadth of Britain. They are also extremely useful in other areas due to changes in legislation with working at heights.


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