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Rail experts to re-examine lighting standards

Rail experts gather in London this month for a special conference on lighting which will pose the question: are antiquated standards holding back innovation?

Concerns have been rising that standards and guidelines covering illumination on the network, some of them based on Victorian practices, are not fit for purpose in the LED age. Coupled with a risk-averse culture, this is leading to a lighting estate that doesn’t match global best practice.

The conference will also focus on key topics such as procurement, asset management and the new design principles for London Underground. Leon Smith of TfL will outline the organisation’s new procurement process while Terry Denyer of Network Rail will look at the challenges and opportunities in lighting big investment projects such as HS2 and Crossrail project.

Former head of lighting at London Underground David Burton will examine the implications of the migration of the network’s lighting from traditional sources to LED, Jeff Shaw of Arup will explain how dining, retail and hospitality offers are best integrated in stations, and LUL electrical engineer Ivan Perre will unveil the lighting plan of the Tube station design guide.

Other topics covered at the event, at the Cavendish Conference Centre in central London on Wednesday 24 June, include emergency lighting, lighting heritage and Victorian environments and exemplar projects such as Rainhill Station.

  • The Lighting for Rail conference is free to attend for all professionals working for a network operator or TOC. See the full programme and book your place at