Thornhill Park and Ride
LED lighting in the Oxford Green Belt
Oxford, England: March 2015
Located right in the heart of the UK, Oxfordshire is a largely rural county with major educational establishments and a strong tourist industry with direct links to London. With this background it comes as no surprise that the county receives a large number of visitors and sees its fair share of commuters both from and outside of Oxfordshire.
With a high footfall, Oxfordshire County Council has successfully provided transport solutions to ensure a safe and positive journey for the county, including the introduction of park & ride sites. Thornhill is one of five park and ride sites around Oxford and it is the only site with excessive demand on a day to day basis. To accommodate this growing demand, Oxfordshire County Council commissioned a project to expand Thornhill Park and Ride, adding a further 500 extra parking spaces to cater to commuters and improve access on the site.
The expansion necessitated additional lighting, with large numbers of people using the site from early in the morning through to late at night, so reliable lighting providing safety and security for those using the site was vital. One of the main considerations was the location of the Thornhill site within the Oxford Green Belt, a designation which made LED lighting an attractive offering.
Abacus worked alongside Oxford County Council to put together an effective solution, the decision being LED lighting which would offer strong luminance on the site whilst complying with Oxford Green Belt regulations. Thirty 140W LED Lightblade lanterns, providing cost effective low energy lighting, were installed on site atop Abacus 8m fixed lighting columns. With its slim line profile design, the luminaire blends seamlessly into the skyline thus reducing the visual impact on the rural beauty of Oxfordshire.