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London Midland and Thorlux join forces to light up Redditch station

Press Release   •   Sep 11, 2017 11:29 BST

Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, Mark Austin, sales director, Thorlux, Cllr Jenny Wheeler, Mayor of Redditch, Rob Goode, head of property at London Midland and Rob Hornsey, head of cross city services at London Midland

As the autumn nights draw in passengers will be able to enjoy a, brighter and greener Redditch station thanks to an innovative new lighting project.

Train operator London Midland has worked with West Midlands lighting company, Thorlux Lighting, to install a raft of cutting edge technologies at Redditch station. The new lighting systems have transformed the platform areas and car park, providing a brighter, more welcoming environment for passengers using the station.

The link between lighting and safety is well-known and people are much more likely to feel comfortable in an area that is suitably illuminated. 71 new LED light fittings have been installed across the platforms and car park, replacing older and less reliable lighting systems.

Light levels at the station have increased significantly across the station and on the platforms to 100 lux, a measure indicating the brightness of light fittings. Along with safety, energy efficiency has been a key goal of the project. All of the new installations are fitted with presence detectors, meaning that the fittings brighten and dim depending on the time of day and the number of people around the station.

The individual lights are also connected to a central control service via the Thorlux SmartScan system. This allows the performance of each fitting to be monitored remotely, their individual performance assessed and any faults to be identified in real time. The property team at London Midland can also see how much energy each fitting has used and the amount spent on electricity.

Energy consumption is also minimised through the Thorlux carbon offsetting project, which sees trees planted across a 215 acre piece of land in Monmouthshire. To date, Thorlux has planted 149,849 trees, offsetting over 32,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide produced in the manufacture and use of its products.

Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch said: “I was delighted to see a local company become involved in this fascinating project – it is always pleasing when local businesses invest in their local community.

“This is a real win win situation – saving electricity, helping the environment with less light pollution and helping what is an excellent local business increase their profile both in Redditch and across the Midlands.”

Rob Hornsey, head of route for Cross City services at London Midland, said: "This is another example of London Midland's commitment to using innovation to create simply better journeys for our customers. The partnership with Thorlux means we have a brighter, lighter, safer station that is also better for the environment."

Mark Austin, sales director at Thorlux Lighting, said: “We were delighted to be selected as a supplier to London Midland, following a thorough evaluation process. Our SmartScan lighting control and monitoring system precisely matched all of their requirements and aspirations.”

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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west.  Over 70 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manages  150 stations and operates  1,300 services a day.

London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, GTR (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland.  Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info

London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, five Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work. In 2017 London Midland was named as Britain's most improved train company by the Institute of Rail Operators and the UK's most improved  organisation for customer service in the UKCSI survey.

In 2017 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Gold Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2014.

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