Customer: Kier Highways – National Highways Area 4
Location: Junction 2 Subway on the M2
Pedestrian subways are an integral part of the road network, providing a safe route to walk to a destination that avoids busy roads.
For both local authorities and agencies, it is important that pedestrians feel confident and safe when passing through a subway, no matter what time of day it is. This means that robust and reliable lighting is essential as, not only does it provide high visibility in places that are naturally darker, but enhanced lighting also helps to discourage criminal behaviour.
Earlier this year, we were contacted by National Highways Area 4 contractor, Kier Highways, who were interested in improving the lighting within a subway below the M2 motorway in Rochester, Kent.
Following our site survey, a lighting design was subsequently produced in accordance with BS 5489-1:2020 and, in May 2022, the contractor installed our Safe-Way luminaires.
The robust Safe-Way is a high efficiency, low energy LED lighting solution with 50% energy saving compared to PL units. It has also been tested against vandalism in accordance with BS EN 62262:2002 and reached a level of IK10.
Kier Highways said: “The subway fittings are very well made, robust and simple to install and the finished product provides an excellent quality of light with very good light distribution. We have a further two subways using this same system as the client is very impressed with the finished article.”
National Highways said: “The new lighting has changed the whole appearance of the subway and there has been positive feedback from the local residents. We have commissioned two further subways to be relit and are looking to fund others. Both the manufacturer and the installation team have done a great job.”
London and Southeast Area Sales Manager, Duncan Wells, said: “I am delighted to be contacted after the installation with such positive feedback from both National Highways and Kier Highways. Our Safe-Way subway lighting fittings have certainly enhanced the pedestrian’s experience both during the day and night – given the subway is situated very close to a residential area, I am certain that it will provide enhanced confidence and safety for the users. I am very pleased with the improvements.”