Delivering The Wayfinding Signage at London Bridge Station
Merson Group has been responsible for delivering successful signage projects for some of the UK’s most iconic transport hubs and our recent work at London Bridge Station is our largest and most complex rail project to date.
The extensive five-year redevelopment of London Bridge is now into its final stages. As one of the busiest and oldest stations in the UK, handling over 56 million passengers each year, this award winning redevelopment is set to bring even more passengers through Central London. The new station has boosted its capacity by 65 per cent and by extending its platforms is now able to serve an additional 18 trains per hour. One concourse (bigger than the pitch at Wembley Stadium!) will for the first time since the station opened in 1836 provide access to all platforms from one central point.
The new station signage formed part of the £6.5 billion redevelopment programme. The redevelopment was split into stages allowing the station to remain open to passengers throughout. For us, this project included hundreds of bespoke signs all designed to meet Network Rail’s standards. The complexity of the signage means that this project has been referred to more as architectural engineering than traditional signage. The planning stages included more that 600 product CAD drawings where almost no two signs are the same, each meeting the extremely stringent specifications and standards set by Network Rail. The diverse signs range from simple designs to complex suspended signs and each one is integrated differently.
The installation of the signage was the most challenging aspect of the project because the installation team were working in a live rail environment. Although Merson Group worked tirelessly to minimise the disruption to the busy station, at the forefront of everything was ensuring the health and safety of the stations users and staff. Boasting one of the largest in-house installation teams in the UK, our dedication to health and safety, quality and the environment runs through every area of our organisation.
Stuart Dodds, Business Development Director at Merson Group had this to say:
“We are delighted to have been part of such an ambitious programme of enhancements at London Bridge Station. With a project of this scale we have had to combine the diverse skills of our team at Merson Group. It is for this reason that our skilled Infrastructure team managed the delivery of the project from start to finish, working with a range of specialists ensuring the desired end result”
The redevelopment of the station has been recently named as London’s greatest infrastructure project of 2017. The combination of the complex track realignment, new infrastructure and station improvements will transform journeys for passengers and will meet the growing requirements of London’s increasing population for years to come.