London Docklands Light Railway Extension project
The Docklands extension project, in preparation for 2012 London Olympics, will feature Abacus base-hinged columns on all platforms
London, UK: July 2008
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) serves East London and has been instrumental in the regeneration of both 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 it is 31km of railway carrying 64 million passengers a year. Passenger numbers are expected to rise to 80 million by 2009 and it will also be a key transport provider during the 2012 London Olympics linking the Olympic Park with other venues.
For these reasons all current stations on the network are having their platforms extended to accommodate an extra carriage as the entire DLR fleet is being lengthened from two-car to three-car trains.
The project is expected to be completed by 2010 and so far this year Abacus has supplied around 140 4m painted base-hinged lighting columns and brackets to feature on station platforms across the network. In addition Abacus will be providing training to operatives of the columns to ensure compliance with the correct procedures.
Base-hinged columns provide the ideal solution to platform lighting maintenance as they allow the fittings to be quickly and safely lowered to ground level therefore eliminating any work at height. This is especially important for station platforms where access can be restricted and unsafe.
The Abacus base-hinged column is the market leader in hinged columns and has been tried and tested since 1962, when it was first developed specifically for the railway industry. Since then it has been installed on nearly all rail platforms across the UK.
Related Internet Links
Docklands Light Railway
London Olympics 2012