Ten Tube Stations Join 10:10

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 95 months ago
Ten Tube Stations Join 10:10

Ten tube stations have signed up to the 10:10 pledge (cutting your carbon emissions by 10% during 2010). Bank, Charing Cross, Earl's Court, Green Park (appropriately), Holborn, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Liverpool Street, Moorgate and Victoria will get initiatives like new switches and sensors, so lights can be turned off in areas that aren't in use. (This came as a bit of a shock to us; we kind of assumed when the shutters came down, the bulbs went out.)

Escalators will also be turned off out of peak hours so if you have to walk at some of these stations - remember you're doing your bit for the environment (and getting some exercise). And of course, saving energy also means saving money - and when it comes to TfL's budget, every little helps.

Last Updated 11 June 2010


Unfortunately, as soon as the shutters come down at the End of Traffic, the lights can't always go off. Some stations have contractors and other workers turn up throughout the night to get things done in public and non-public areas whilst the station is closed and so they may require lighting, but unfortunately we don't have the luxury of one big on/off switch. Especially in big stations; by the time you've gone around and turned off all the lights in various corridors and rooms, it's time to switch them all back on again for the Start of Traffic. The idea with switching off some escalators when it's not busy is slowly being introduced across the network which makes sense and gives the escalators a chance to rest (seeing as they take months to be refurbished when the time comes for it to have all its parts changed).

I'm surprised that the whole sensor switch thing hasn't been implemented until now though (I can think of many stations on the Jubilee line extension that would benefit from this), especially as the technology has been around for a while and is probably near inexpensive to fit these days.