Contrac’s green lighting helps reduce Stagecoach energy bills by 40%

Stagecoach buses at the company’s Tayside depot
Stagecoach buses at the company’s Tayside depot

Contrac Lighting, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of lighting solutions for the retail, industrial, commercial and leisure industries, is pleased to announce it has recently completed the manufacture and delivery of its intelligent energy saving lighting systems to Stagecoach UK Bus. The systems, which were trialled by Stagecoach at six depots including Glasgow, Ayr, Nuneaton, Chichester, Gloucester and Leamington, are part of the company’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.


It is estimated that the new intelligent lighting systems could reduce Stagecoach’s lighting energy consumption by as much 40% at the six depots, which could result in the company also reducing its C02 emissions by 230 tonnes per year.

The successful trial, has resulted in Stagecoach rolling-out the programme to  a significant number of its depots across the UK, with Contrac Lighting being asked to look at a further 32 sites.

Contrac Lighting was chosen by Stagecoach because of the bespoke nature of the energy saving lighting solutions recommended. All of the depots had their own specific requirements, being different in size, which resulted in Contrac Lighting visiting each depot to carry out a site specific survey of the lighting system. Once completed, Contrac Lighting proposed tailored solutions that not only deliver excellent levels of light uniformity, but reduce energy consumption as well.

Contrac Lighting recommended motion detectors that identify light and movement, setting the lighting levels accordingly. When no motion is detected the lights switch off and dim down to the correct levels. The lighting also takes into account the daylight available, cleverly dimming to the appropriate level.

Anne Shone, managing director at Contrac Lighting, commented,

“We are extremely pleased with the results at all six Stagecoach depots. We pride ourselves on manufacturing and delivering tailored solutions that allow companies to maximise their energy savings and maintain excellent lighting levels. The Stagecoach applications are perfect examples of this and we look forward to working with Stagecoach on further depots.”

Graham Whitelocks, director of health, safety and environment for Stagecoach UK Bus, commented:

“We chose Contrac Lighting because they demonstrated at all times, a willingness to work with us proactively and to consider all the options, recommending not only a new modern lighting solution but an energy saving one as well.”

About Contrac Lighting

Established in 1986, Contrac Lighting based in Goole, East Yorkshire, has established a reputation for designing and manufacturing bespoke lighting solutions for the retail, industrial, commercial and leisure industries.  The company maintains an in-house policy in all areas of operation resulting in a flexible team of thirty people, capable of managing highly technical projects within achievable deadlines.

About Stagecoach Group

Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The company employs around 35,000 people, and operates bus, coach, rail, and tram services

Stagecoach is one of UK’s biggest bus and coach operators. Around 2.5 million passengers travel on Stagecoach’s 8,100 buses every day on a network stretching from south-west England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The company’s business includes major city bus operations in London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Hull, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge

Stagecoach is a major UK rail operator, running the South West Trains, Island Line and East Midlands Trains networks. It has a 49% shareholding in Virgin Rail Group, which operates the West Coast inter-city rail franchise

Stagecoach also runs the Supertram light rail network in Sheffield

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