Glass manufacturer Pilkington 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.
In total, Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK installed almost four kilometres of high performance glazing across eight Elizabeth line stations in central London.
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: “Naturally, a project like this commands the specification of high-performance materials that can withstand very high traffic while meeting critical safety requirements.
“Knorr-Bremse chose to work with us on the project for the Elizabeth line due to the strength and quality of the Pilkington Pyroclear product technology, and our ability to meet both a demanding technical brief and a complex programme. 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, which will boost central London’s rail capacity by 10%. This will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes’ commute of central London.