Greater Anglia has announced that new lighting, with a heritage style touch, has been installed at Lowestoft rail station.
The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership has worked with the train operator to bring new lighting to the station as part of its project to restore buildings and create a new exhibition space.
The project which has already included a heritage painting scheme. This recently saw three sets of doors leading from the concourse removed in order that they can be replaced, enabling entrances closed for over 30 years to be opened again.
The lights were designed and manufactured in the UK by DW Windsor Ltd, who are based in Hertfordshire.
Principle funding for the project came from the East Suffolk Lines and Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnerships, the Railway Heritage Trust and the Department for Transport Designated Community Rail Development Fund.
What did the officials say?
Martin Halliday, Community Rail Development Officer said:
“We are thrilled that the new lighting for Lowestoft Station has been installed, they have certainly proved a talking point with their elegant, classic style far more befitting of a Victorian Station.
“We spent many hours researching the right style of fittings in order that they would suitably compliment the station buildings, creating another important link with the past yet providing the very latest in energy efficient technology.”
Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia’s Asset Management Director, said:
“As part of our ongoing upgrade of station facilities across our network, we planned to install LED lighting at Lowestoft this year.
“By working with the Community Rail Partnership we have been able to include some spectacular fittings that both celebrate the history of the station but also incorporate the latest energy saving technology.
“We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and this is the latest initiative which will help the environment.”
Gemma Snelling, from manufacturer DW Windsor said:
“We were pleased to work with the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership and Greater Anglia to find a suitable design of lighting befitting of the station history. The specified luminaire is still made as it was in 1976 – hand-crafted from Copper, using traditional techniques. Offering high ingress protection, easy maintenance and award-winning optical performance, delivering an energy-efficient, future-fit solution for many years to come.”
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