Commuters in Lincoln should find it easier to catch a bus from the city’s central bus station from now on thanks to clearer signage by Allen Signs. Following a major health and safety review, City of Lincoln Council, in partnership with Stagecoach, which is the main bus company in Lincoln, decided to refurbish the station to improve the safety of passengers. As well as better signage, the number of stands has been reduced to create more space for the buses to manoeuvre.
Allen Signs in North Hykeham near Lincoln was appointed to redesign and replace the existing signs. Account Manager Kevin Brocklesby explains, “We conducted a survey of the site and put a proposal together based on the London Underground signage.
The London Underground logo or ‘roundel’ is one of the most recognised British icons and the City of Lincoln Council had identified this as an example of design excellence and requested a similar style. “The project consisted of 18 different sign combinations including the departure board and multiple bay signs at each stand. To minimise disruption to services we removed the old signage and replaced it with the new red, white and black panels within 48 hours.”
The signage was produced by digitally printing the artwork on to 3mm thick white Dibond panels.
Parking Services Officer at the City of Lincoln Council Janet Martin said she’s very happy with the end result. “I’d done some research and found the style of signage used by London Transport in and around the underground stations very clear and easy to read close up and from a distance,” explained Janet. “Allen Signs created a really effective and attractive design which met all the requirements of the brief. Replacing the signage logistically was quite a challenge as the bus station is in use seven days a week and there’s a constant stream of vehicles and people. Allen Signs, however, managed to complete the refit in two days, and I was impressed by the service they provided from start to finish.”
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