Elizabeth Line panels

Elizabeth Line to use high performance glazing to keep passengers safe

The installation of almost four kilometres of glazed platform screening has arrived across central London’s Elizabeth Line stations, which will be utilised to improve passenger safety as the final segment of the landmark rail project now open.

Pilkington UK, a St Helens based headquartered glass manufacturer has supplied 5,000 glass panels to Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK, which manufactured and installed floor-to-ceiling platform screen and door systems. These act to create transparent safety barriers which integrate well with the station’s aesthetic, whilst creating a safer environment between the platform edge and the track.

The glazed barriers feature on either side of the 240-metre-long eastbound and westbound platforms at the Paddington, Bond Street, Woolwich, Canary Wharf, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel stations.

The glazing is comprised of two pieces of advanced, toughened glass, which is modelled around the innovative technology that underpins the Pilkington Pyroclear® range - addressing the current risk requirements including barrier safety and blast resistance.

Kristian Chalmers, head of sales at Pilkington UK, said:

“We’re proud to be one of the many suppliers from across the UK’s nations and regions that have helped Crossrail to become a reality.

“Naturally, a project like these commands the specification of high-performance materials that can withstand very high traffic while meeting critical safety requirements.

“Knorr-Bremse chose to work with us on the project for the Elizabeth line due to the strength and quality of the Pilkington Pyroclear® product technology, and our ability to meet both a demanding technical brief and a complex programme. The glass is an ideal choice for projects with safety and security standards as high as this. This is reflected by the fact that we now have products listed in the London Underground approved product directory.”

The Elizabeth line will serve 41 accessible stations, 31 of them upgraded, including all three terminal rail stations at Heathrow and services to Reading. It will boost central London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, bringing an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes’ commute of central London.

Innovations of passenger safety like this should be adopted by all stations across the UK rail network, wherever possible, especially as the rail industry continues to see a boost in service usages in the post-pandemic climate.

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