Lighting on Westminster Bridge

Andrea Casalotti made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

In your response to Coroner Paul Matthews's PFD report following the Inquest over the death of Maria Nekrasova, you write:

"TfL will be carrying out a detailed investigation of the lighting levels and the distribution of light over the bridge by August 2015"

1. Please provide a copy of the investigation report
2. Please tell us what you will be doing to fix the problem of inadequate lighting on the bridge, highlighted by the Coroner.

Yours faithfully,

Andrea Casalotti

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Casalotti

TfL Ref: 1062-1516

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 14 September 2015.

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In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Andrea Casalotti,

 

TfL Ref: 1062-1516

 

Thank you for your email received by us on 12 September 2015 asking for
information about lighting levels on Westminster Bridge.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access
policy. You asked for the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                          

In your response to Coroner Paul Matthews's PFD report following the
Inquest over the death of Maria Nekrasova, you write:

 

"TfL will be carrying out a detailed investigation of the lighting levels
and the distribution of light over the bridge by August 2015"

 

1. Please provide a copy of the investigation report 2. Please tell us
what you will be doing to fix the problem of inadequate lighting on the
bridge, highlighted by the Coroner.

 

We do not hold the investigation report you have requested. Since
responding to the Coroner, Transport For London (TfL) has arranged for two
of the heritage street lights from Westminster Bridge to be removed and
taken to an accredited test house where the light output and distribution
has been accurately measured.

 

As anticipated, the results show that the light reaching the road surface
is less than could be achieved were it not for the constraints associated
with the heritage columns and antique luminaires which are all integral to
the grade II listed structure of Westminster Bridge.

 

We have not yet produced any reports, as no practicable design option has
yet been agreed. However, we are actively exploring the possibility of a
modification based on standard LED components, retrofitted to the existing
luminaires. This would be a bespoke design solution, so factors such as
heat generation, maintainability, glare and electrical safety all have to
be considered, but by using standard components these factors can
potentially be adequately addressed within a reasonable timeframe.

 

I hope that this response gives you assurance that TfL is actively
considering practical options to address the concerns raised by the
Coroner in his report.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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