When it comes to lighting transport applications, and in particular surface and underground railways, Designplan has an unrivalled wealth of experience and products to offer.

Over the last 55 years Designplan has worked on some of the most prestigious transport projects in the UK and beyond. Most recently our focus has been on extensive supply to many of the London Crossrail projects, plus the London Bridge Thameslink upgrade, where we have provided the majority of the lighting.

Outside of London, recent major projects include Birmingham New Street and multiple major upgrades on the East Coast route. For that, we provided a single point of supply and offered solutions based on a combination of both standard and bespoke products. We have completed many overseas surface rail projects; including Grand Central Station in New York City, Dan Helder Terminal in Holland, Poznan in Poland, the Kolsaasbanen in Norway and SNCF workshops for RFF – the French national rail contractors. A recent success was obtaining products approved for use by Deutsche Bahn, in Germany.

Designplan have also provided lighting solutions to a vast number of underground and metro systems. Our robust, low maintenance light fittings have consistently complied with London Underground’s subsurface standard 1-085 (Section 12). This includes stringent IP and IK ratings as well as low smoke cable requirements and glass diffusers. During our 30 years of collaboration with London Underground a great number of project objectives have been met by our products. We have supplied lighting to projects across the whole of the network including the major recent upgrades to Victoria and Tottenham Court Road stations.

We have also worked extensively with underground rail systems elsewhere, including the multi-million pound renovation of Strathclyde Public Transport subway stations and Liverpool’s Merseyrail system. International projects include St. Denis, Stade de France Station in Paris, Metro North in New York City, Heyzel, Demey, Lemonnier, Porte de Hal in Brussels and Guangzhou in Guangdong, China.

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