4.1.1 Although the adoption of the Rail Alphabet for signing typeface is no longer a mandatory requirement, it is the general policy of the current TOC to utilise this style throughout its network.
4.1.2 In acknowledgement of this policy, the Design Guide recommends the continued use of the Rail Alphabet, with due regard to the architectural integrity of the stations and buildings along the line. To this end, careful consideration must be given to the location of signs to strike a balance between clear, concise signage and the aesthetics of the structures.
4.2.1 The standard station signage to be adopted should be the Corporate Identity Rail Alphabet style established under British Rail in 1965 and continued under the auspices of Network Rail and the TOCs.
4.2.2 This is currently in use on the line and should continue as it is internationally recognised as a clear and concise style and has been emulated in other countries.
4.2.3 The black Rail Alphabet on white enamel or plastic (as appropriate) should be adopted throughout. Red double arrow rail logos and blue directional arrows should also be utilised as appropriate.
4.2.4 The practice of incorporating the emblems of the local Planning Authority on the station name boards should be maintained.
4.2.5 TOC branding ideally should be avoided. Due to the transient nature of the ownership of these companies any branding can become out of date long before the signs in question are life-expired. Any form of temporary branding (eg vinyls) can soon look shabby and become an eyesore.
4.2.6 It should be noted that existing station name signs bear Northern Rail branding. These should be replaced with non-TOC branded signs as time and funding permits.
4.2.6 The provision of reproduction signs from different eras should generally be avoided. (see 4.6 below).
4.3.1 RGS GIRT7014 Iss 1 Part G2 sets out requirements for platform signs.
4.3.2 This stipulates that “at all stations, passenger information signs shall be provided to clearly indicate:
4.3.3 Fixing of signs to station buildings should be avoided wherever possible. In cases where this is unavoidable, due consideration should be given to the integrity of the design and appearance of the building. (See also 6.3 ‘Listed Buildings’.)
4.3.4 Where signs are affixed overhead a minimum headroom allowance of 2500mm should be made. (GIRT7016 Iss 4 Part 8 8.1.)
4.3.5 With the exception of signs suspended from canopies or buildings, no sign shall be located less than 2000mm from the platform edge.
4.4 Station Signs Scheduling: Checklist
4.4.1 The Network Rail document Design Guidelines Issue A “Signing” Sheet 2239 sets out a checklist for a station signing schedule at staffed and unstaffed stations.
4.4.2 These lists are not exhaustive and certain signs are not always applicable, but they do form the basis of a standard to which all station signing should comply.
4.4.3 Unless otherwise indicated items apply to both staffed and unstaffed stations.
4.4.5 Station Front (normally applicable to staffed stations only)
4.4.6 Ticket Hall (staffed stations only)
4.4 Station Signs Scheduling: Checklist (continued)
4.4.8 Running-in signs have not been adopted on the S&C. Standard 2100mm x 305mm wall or post-mounted station name signs have been and should continue to be utilised throughout.
4.4.9 Full details of signing schedules and specifications, including colour, materials, dimensions and locations can be found in the Network Rail Design Guidelines Issue A “Signing”.
4.4.10 See Appendix 4 for details.
4.5.1 Signs and notices warning of the dangers of railways shall be provided at all stations.
4.5.2 Refer to RGS GI/RT 7033 Iss 2 “Lineside Operational Safety Signs”.
4.6.1 The provision of reproduction signs or signs in the style of previous administrations ideally should be avoided.
4.6.2 Unless carefully managed their presence can lead to a confusing array of different styles and colours that can be misleading and unsightly. This is particularly so where there is a mixture of periods, such as Midland and early BR.
4.6.3 It can also be at odds with the fact that these stations are providing access to a modern rail system and are not working museums.
4.6.4 However, it is recognised that a number of such signs already exist and have been provided by and with the voluntary efforts of individuals whose enthusiasm the Design Guide would not wish to undermine by recommending their removal.
4.6.5 It is therefore suggested that the following criteria be carefully considered when contemplating the addition of such items to a station:-