Client - London Underground

The London Underground is a rapid transit system serving a large part of Greater London and neighboring areas of Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the UK. With its first section opening in 1863, it was the first underground railway system in the world.

Project - Signage, London Underground Stations

Design Brief

Station improvements: Signage improvements and Signage replacement

Location: Underground Stations; Greater London

TFL, is working on the biggest transformation in the Tube's history. They are Upgrading the entire network, from tracks to trains and signals to stations

  1. More pleasant stations - they are giving many a face lift (157 in the last 7 years), refurbishing as well protecting the heritage of many old stations while completely modernising others (such as King's Cross St. Pancras)
  2. Better access and information from street to train as they gradually install lifts at key stations, introduce wider ticket gates which in turn allows better access and egress to platforms, improve directional signage, and lighting.
  3. Enhanced security
  4. Improved customer information
Solution / Description

We are employed to work with TFL via main contractors such as BBCL, BBCEL, Mace, Carrilion, YJLI to name but a few from impletion to completion of all signage in and around the underground stations. The signs include simple vitreous enamel panels to complete 15mtr long illuminated entrance signs and roundels. We are an approved and nominated contractor to work with TFL and this has taken a lot of hard work and expertise in our field to gain this accreditation.

Technical Specifications (for Queensway St.)
  • Queensway Tube is located in the `Heart of London
  • We installed the following types of Signs
    • Tube maps
    • Projection roundels
    • Illuminated Entrance Signs
    • Directional Signs
  • Timescales
    • The station was closed for nearly a year whilst it had new lifts installed and we were on site from the closure removing historical signs and delivering them to the transport museum to the night prior to opening as we had to work along other trades (not concurrently but on and off) to help this project be delivered on time to a standard expected by TFL.
Materials Used & Fitting
  • Vitreous Enamel - is a material made by fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 degrees Celsius (1380 and 1560 degrees Fahrenheit). The powder melts; flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, glass or ceramic. The fired enameled ware is a fully laminated composite of glass and metal
  • Combinations of fixings
  • Lighting