Working in collaboration with TfL, Links Signs have undertaken a comparatively small – but vital – piece of wayfinding signage production and consultation, helping to make station navigation clearer and easier for passengers at Canning Town.
There are few things more frustrating than being in a hurry, and not being able to find out where the platform you need is. Commuters and passengers on the TfL network know the value of clear, distinctive wayfinding signage, and the fast-paced nature of travel in the capital means being able to quickly and easily find the correct platform, stop, and route is crucial.
While the TfL network may be a marvel of logistical operation, its complexity can sometimes have an impact on how easy it is to navigate its many stations.
Canning Town in particular, is a station which has something of a reputation for being particularly confusing, due to its complicated layout. The station has a multi-levelled platform – when interchanging between Jubilee line and DLR, this can be quite disorientating.
In March of 2021 Links Signs were contracted by TfL to undertake a wayfinding survey, and help manufacture signage to clarify the station layout. Links Signs are a trusted supplier for TfL, having worked on several projects prior to this, with our expert teams providing consulting and manufacturing solutions for a variety of sites across London.
Links Signs initially conducted a survey, to identify the most efficient and effective way of ensuring passengers could quickly and easily identify where they were, and where they needed to go. We were then instructed by TfL to deliver the graphics, working closely with their designer to make their intended concept a reality.
The solution was a series of ‘super graphics – these large numbered signs, to clearly markate the platform numbers. Clearly visible from a distance, large platform identifiers have been installed that indicate platform number, and are colour-coded to the respective line, making it easy to see which platform section correlates with which number, and ensuring passengers know which part of the platform they need to stand on.
The graphics were manufactured using fire-rated materials that are approved by TfL. The graphics were successfully installed over 2 nights early March 2021 by Links Signs’ fully-accredited install teams, and we’re pleased to say that feedback from customers and Station Staff to date has been extremely positive.
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A pleasure to work with Links again on such a poignant programme. Delivering amazing high quality. Very much looking forward to working together again in the future.Robert Varney – Engagement Officer (North) & TfL Charities Scheme Manager
Links Signs took on the challenge to provide the awards for the first Transport for London Supplier Awards. Using products and materials that are supplied to TfL for our station signage, Links created very impressive plaques for our winners and runners up. Throughout the production process Links kept TfL up to date with images, delivery schedule and were always on hand to clarify any queries. We look forward to working with them again next year.Amanda Green – Transport for London
Link Signs provide a first class service throughout the design, production and delivery process. I worked closely with the team on a high profile project, with requirements changing on a sometimes daily basis. Links Signs went and above and beyond to meet our requirements and surpassed our expectations. I would highly recommend and endorse working with Link Signs.Catherine Villegas – Project Manager, Transport for London
The team at Links Signs provide unfailing support and flexibility, which enables us to develop ambitious schemes and be confident of the highest quality results. Working with them has transformed the way we approach our exhibition design.Catherine Harvey – Hastings Museum Office & Keeper of World Art
Links Signs successfully managed a complex project overseeing the manufacture and installation of 48 panels to create a bespoke mural on the Transport for London (TfL) owned bridge and the station entrance at Northwood Hills station. Links ensured not only that all the technical and engineering requirements of TfL were met but also that the extensive colour hues specified by mural artists Gordon Collett and Cosmo Sarson were achieved. The finished result is wonderful, as summed up by Mayor of London Boris Johnson when he visited ‘My God, it’s beautiful! Did we do this? The murals – they’re sensational!’ He added: ‘I think it’s all fantastic, really imaginative. I’m very proud.’Helena Webster – Town Centre Improvements Team Manager, London Borough of Hillingdon
Links Signs are experienced, professional and offer great value for money. I know I am in safe hands when I am working with them.Mariam Zulfiqar – Freelance Curator