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June 28, 2022

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High performance glazing will keep passengers safe on Elizabeth line platforms

Almost four kilometres of glazed platform edge screening has been installed across central London’s Elizabeth line stations, keeping passengers safe with the final segment of the landmark rail project now open.

Crossrail WoolwichSt Helens headquartered glass manufacturer Pilkington UK supplied 5,000 glass panels to Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK, which manufactured and installed floor-to-ceiling platform screen and door systems – creating a transparent safety barrier between the platform edge and the track.

The glazed barriers feature on both the 240-metre-long eastbound and westbound platforms at the Paddington, Bond Street, Woolwich, Canary Wharf, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel stations.

The glazing comprises two pieces of advanced toughened glass, based on the technology that underpins the Pilkington Pyroclear range – addressing the current risk requirements including barrier safety and blast resistance.

Kristian Chalmers, head of sales at Pilkington UK, said: “We’re proud to be one of the many suppliers from across the UK’s nations and regions that have helped Crossrail to become a reality.

“Naturally, a project like this commands the specification of high-performance materials that can withstand very high traffic while meeting critical safety requirements.

“The glass is an ideal choice for projects with safety and security standards as high as this. This is reflected by the fact that we now have products listed in the London Underground approved product directory.”

The Elizabeth line will serve 41 accessible stations, 31 of them upgraded, including all three terminal rail stations at Heathrow and services to Reading. It will boost central London’s rail capacity by 10%, bringing an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes’ commute of central London.

The opening came just a week after this year’s Safety & Health Expo, which took place at London’s ExCeL from 17-19 May 2022, but the new line will transform how visitors will be able to attend the event in future years. ExCeL’s new dedicated Elizabeth line Station will be just 10 minutes from Liverpool Street, 20 minutes from Paddington and 43 minutes from Heathrow. Safety & Health Expo takes place from 16-18 May, in 2023.

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