Tube station lighting in summer daylight hours

MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why, during 15 hours of bright sunshine do Burnt Oak, Colindale and Brent Cross stations, for example,  have all their electric  lights on like an airport runway 24 hours a day, when other open surface level stations switch the lights off during daylight hours. Do you agree that this is a waste of money and energy and, if so, will you issue guidance to TfL on when it is appropriate to turn lights off?


Answer for Tube station lighting in summer daylight hours

Answer for Tube station lighting in summer daylight hours

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Station staff are instructed to turn off lights during daylight hours where it is possible.

Unfortunately, a legacy of a number of London Underground stations, including the three listed above, is that lighting is controlled by Mini Circuit Breakers, which for safety reasons can only be operated by trained electricians.

There is a programme in place to convert station lights so that they are operated by sensors, allowing them to operate more efficiently. This work has been carried out at Boston Manor and Dollis Hill stations, and work at Stanmore, Willesden Green, Arnos Grove, South Ealing and South Harrow station is underway.

In addition, efficient lighting is often installed as part of station upgrades. Those recently delivered include Harrow-on-the-Hill, Earls Court, Paddington, Chancery Lane, Baker Street, Embankment, Moorgate, Tottenham Court Road, Blackhorse Road and Vauxhall stations. Such upgrades will continue and include Colindale, which is due to be delivered in 2020.