Bespoke handrail lighting for 1940’s Camborne Station footbridge

The challenge

In the last 10 years the number of people on the national rail network has doubled, with stations and platforms dealing with more passengers than ever before. Network Rail are therefore in the process of implementing a multi-million pound station upgrade plan to provide bigger, better railways for passengers.

Camborne Train Station which features a 1940’s passenger footbridge, serves over 250,000 passengers every year. The ageing bridge, which spans the railway track, was removed from site for restoration and as part of this, new lighting was planned for the handrail.

Clients and partners

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    Network Rail

  • Contractor

    Balfour Beatty Rail

Key project requirements

  • Sympathetically light the refurbished 1940’s bridge.
  • Average of 70lux with a uniformity of 40%.

The solution

Safety is a number one priority when lighting a footbridge, particularly when in close proximity to a level crossing, like the one at Camborne. Lighting equipment needs to be unobtrusive, provide the right light and be inaccessible, preventing anyone from climbing the lights to cause harm.

Camborne footbridge was a bespoke installation onto an old fabricated steel bridge. A combination of our Garda and Garda Anti-Climb aluminium handrail was installed, providing a safe column free lighting solution.

The installation comprised of 27.2m of bracket mounted Garda aluminium handrail, along the footbridge side-panels and 10.4m of Garda Anti-Climb over the bridge deck; utilising asymmetric 4000K LED modules to exceed the required average of 70 lux with a uniformity of 40%.

Garda Anti-Climb is a popular choice for safety-critical locations, with further considerations made to ensure maximum safety and vandal resistance. All cables are hidden with special concealing covers within the unit and all visible fixings are hidden on the underside, to prevent access.

The bridge construction with bolted flanges, presented several level changes, which made the handrail installation particularly challenging. A mixture of rail specific brackets and specially designed joints were used to overcome this and allow the 48V power supply to run from rail to rail without an abundance of conduit and ducting, which would otherwise have been visible on the outside of the bridge.

" Our installation team decided that the best approach would be to build the handrail on site, this way we ensured every section fit perfectly. The final one-piece fabrication was then removed from site and painted before being fitted out with LEDs and reinstalled "

David Anstee, Garda Technical Manager, DW Windsor

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