Based in Basingstoke, Urbis Schréder has been delivering high quality lighting since 1977. It is now one of the UK’s largest suppliers of street lighting and exterior decorative lighting equipment. High technical quality and aesthetic design is at the heart of the company’ philosophy and this, coupled with exceptional levels of customer focus has led Urbis Schréder to develop the most cost effective, energy efficient, lighting innovations for the rail market in the UK. The ability to make a real difference in the spaces we light, to stretch the boundaries of what is possible, to delight our customers is what makes us unique. It is what makes us Experts in Lightability™.
Every train journey begins and ends in a station. The impression that railway stations leave on a traveller impacts their view of the whole rail network. Train stations also act as gateways to a new area. They are often the first experience that a traveller gets of a village, town or city. Today, railway stations operate around the clock and a modernisation programme is making railway stations fit for the 21st century, improving the passenger environment and looking to use cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to enable travellers to begin and complete journeys.
Rising fuel prices, the growing problem of road congestion and the need to move towards sustainability make rail more than ever the most appropriate means of transport. It is the way forward for the government and its plan “Decarbonising transport: a better, greener Britain”. High quality, yet energy-efficient and low-maintenance lighting provides a strategic asset for the development of a sustainable and beneficial railway infrastructure.
Comfortable ambient lighting creates attractive environments, while state-of-the-art surveillance cameras, with digital zoom or fully motorised control, keep an eye on people and their valuables such as bicycles, deterring the unwary and providing a sense of security.
In May 2022, Woolwich railway station was opened for the first time to the public as part of the Elizabeth Line, after Crossrail announced the handover of ownership to TFL (Transport for London). Operating up to 12 trains per hour travelling to Canary Wharf and Central London, this ‘new’ station was built by Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and designed by Weston Williamson, Mott MacDonald, and Arup Group (engineering). Crossrail describes the station as a ‘portal connecting the elements of the surrounding heritage listed buildings and the large retail units, to enhance the experience both in and out of the station.’ Additionally, their unique urban realm design not only improves the experience for visitors inside, but also connects the station to the wider town centre.