London’s busiest train station to save 35% on lighting 3rd September, 2013 Daniel Birkett
Clapham Junction, the busiest train station in the UK has implemented a new lighting control system which will cut usage by 35%.
The control system will adjust light levels to coincide with the train timetable and peak passenger times which will reduce lighting costs significantly. Lighting will be dimmed when the station is not in use, switched off entirely when closed and will be at their highest level during busy times only. So far the system has been installed at 25 stations and maintenance depots along the Wessex route.
South West Trains and Network Rail have recently launched an energy reduction and climate change drive which should lead to a saving between £7m-£12m a year giving a return of investment within six years.
The environment manager at South West Trains/ Network Rail Alliance, Amy Dickinson said: “Reducing our energy consumption is a challenging but crucial aspect of our business, intelligent lighting has enabled us to save, on average, 20 per cent at each location.”
As part of the energy efficiency and carbon reduction strategy solar arrays have also been installed at the Kings Cross and Blackfriars stations as Network Rail plan to reduce emissions by 25% per passenger by 2020.