Jan 11, 2017: Several UK railway stations in southern England have failed to meet the mandatory lighting standards, states a report by the UK Office of Rail and Road (ORR).
ORR has carried out several tests at different railway stations, and found that the brightness of lighting in the stations did not meet the mandatory standard of 20 lux.
The ORR was asked to check the lighting standards in response to a dispute over plans to shift the responsibility of closing train doors from conductors to drivers. The drivers said that it is unsafe for the drivers to close the doors as they may not be able to see the disembarking passengers on badly lit platforms. Work of upgrading the lighting on the stations that failed the standards has now started.
The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) publishes the standards for lighting of railway premises. The RIS-7702-INS Iss1 Rail Industry Standard for Lighting at Stations is a document highlights the standards and guidance required in planning, designing, operation and maintenance of lighting installations.