Surpassing the design requirements and competition

The challenge

St Erth railway station is Grade II listed and situated close to Penzance, Cornwall. The station serves the nearby village of St Erth who is famous for, of all things, their annual rubber duck race.

As part of an ongoing programme, Great Western Railway (GWR) is upgrading all platform and station lighting to LED technology to deliver energy and environmentally friendly station lighting schemes.

Clients and partners

  • Client

    Dyer and Butler

  • End Client


  • Contractor

    SSE Rail

  • M & E Consultants

    MLM Consulting

Key project requirements

  • Upgrade all station lighting to LED.

  • Light the driver’s walkway to BS EN 12464-2:2014 5.12.7 Walkways in Rail Areas: 10lux Av, 25%Uo.

  • Light platforms to: RIS-7016-INS Issue 1: Part 6 Platform Edge Vertical: >10.0lux Min >30%Uo, Platform Edge Horizontal: >20.0lux Min and Platform Open Area: >30lux A.

  • Reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and light pollution.

The solution

GWR were not only updating St Erth’s platform lighting - for which they used their preferred product:  twin Kirium Pro 1 lanterns, but also a new driver’s walkway on the periphery of the station.

DW Windsor were able to offer a lighting design, with newly launched Kirium Bollards, at 8m spacings, which surpassed the design requirements and used less fittings than products also competing for the scheme. Each bollard runs at 5W, presenting an extremely energy efficient way of lighting. Most other bollards when used for this type of installation need to be run at over 20W each – a 75% saving in energy consumption.

Kirium Bollard’s unobtrusive design sits discretely within the stations Grade II listed appearance and coordinates perfectly with the Kirium Pro lanterns.

The bollard’s asymmetric narrow beam optic directs light exactly where it is needed, reducing light pollution and disability glare. Meeting a crucial need for approaching train divers.

 “The combination of Kirium Pro lanterns on the platforms and Kirium bollards along the driver’s walkway delivered many benefits including energy efficiency, low running costs and little to no maintenance, resulting in a very environmentally friendly scheme.”

Martin Whitaker, Project Engineer, SSE Rail

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