Enhanced livery being introduced across the Network Rail light commercial vehicle and pool car fleet will improve safety and visibility. A total of 1,100 new vans being introduced to the Network Rail fleet over the next six months will be the first to feature the newly designed prismatic reflective livery that meets Chapter Eight of the Department for Transport’s Traffic Signs Manual for high conspicuity markings.
Network Rail has a fleet of approximately 8,000 vehicles and has worked with Sign Language, the leading vehicle graphics and wrapping specialist, for more than three years.
Sign Language has to date added Network Rail branding to more than 4,000 of the organisation’s vehicles as they have joined the fleet.
However, with the introduction of the next tranche of new vehicles Network Rail wanted to improve their visibility to other road users and thereby boost safety by fitting ‘Chapter Eight’ compliant livery.
The new livery, designed in-house by Sign Language, will, in addition to Network Rail branding be enhanced by:
- Chevrons on the rear of vehicles
- Reflective strips on the side of vehicles
- Reflective lozenges on the leading edge of vehicle bonnets and the outward facing edge of rear door openings.
Tobin Jenkins, managing director of Sign Language, said the addition to the Network Rail fleet of the vehicles featuring the new highly visible livery was a product of collaboration between the two organisations.
He explained: “Network Rail wanted to increase the night-time visibility of its vehicles. We compiled a video featuring Network Rail vehicles displaying different levels of reflective material in full light, half light and complete darkness.
“The prismatic reflective material we use will increase vehicle visibility and therefore safety during the hours of darkness and when driving conditions are poor, assisting road risk management.”
Sign Language is a privately-owned company and Mr Jenkins added: “For Sign Language to be working with a major organisation like Network Rail, which operates one of the largest fleets in the UK, is a major coup.
“We have used our in-house expertise and skills to advise Network Rail on the effectiveness and durability of its new vehicle livery and have produced the signage. We also have the ability to manage in-life livery replacement in the event of vehicle damage.”
Sign Language is a leading supplier of graphics for all vehicles – cars, vans and HGVs – as well as motorcycles and for business premises and events. Customers are as diverse as Lex Autolease, Britain’s largest vehicle contract hire and leasing company, Network Rail, which operates one of the UK’s biggest van fleets, and Suzuki’s world super bike team.
Privately owned Sign Language, which is based in Witney, Oxfordshire, has its own in-house creative suite, provides national coverage and has the capability to apply graphics in its own fitting bays or at a customer’s location of choice.