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Hampshire and Surrey stations becoming brighter and greener

With LED lights now being so much more efficient than the old incandescent and florescent options, Network Rail’s Wessex Route is rewiring and relighting its stations to save as much as 25% in electricity.

Worcester Park and Andover stations are two of the latest stations to be rewired as part of a drive to replace old and inefficient electrical equipment and incandescent lights at 32 stations in Hampshire and Surrey.

The programme started on 1 April and, as well as Worcester Park and Andover, work has now been completed at Shawford and Weybridge stations, as well as South Western Railway’s depot in Bournemouth.

As well as completely rewiring the stations, variable controls and automatic settings for the LED lighting have also been installed. This means improved lighting for passengers and rail staff on platforms, waiting rooms, canopies, toilets, footbridges, ticket offices and car parks.

The ‘Rewire and Relight’ programme, which aims to improve energy-efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the stations estate, is due to be completed by the end of March 2024.

Mark Killick, Network Rail Wessex route director, said: “People choosing to travel by train as opposed by car are already helping the environment and we’re working on making our mode of transport even better for the planet.

“The Rewire, Relight project is helping to create more energy-efficient stations and, at the same time, improve the environment for passengers.”

Amelia Woodley, South Western Railway’s Head of Sustainability, said: “At SWR we passionately believe that a better railway is a sustainable railway, and that’s why we’re determined to play our part in reducing harmful carbon emissions and combating climate change.

“On top of supporting the Rewire, Relight programme, we are also in the process of replacing the lighting at our stations – amounting to around 16,500 bulbs in total. This work, which is set to reduce energy consumption significantly, is currently on course to be completed by the end of the year”.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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