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Riwal boom lift hire for Central London Christmas lights installation

Regents street Christmas lights

It took a Time Lord to turn them on – but a Riwal UK aerial platform was needed to put them up.

Riwal UK supplied four 28m JLG 860 SJ boom lifts to install the iconic Christmas lights in the shopping districts in Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, Central London. They were switched on by Dr Who star, Jodie Whittaker.

Regent Street shopkeepers first installed Christmas lights in 1954 to brighten up the post-war streets.

Limited window of opportunity for installation

The lights had to be installed at night because of the need to close Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus to traffic. This meant there was a limited window of opportunity to complete the installation.  Four low-emission diesel powered boom lifts were in use from 6pm to 6am over a three-week period to put the Christmas lights and the electric cabling used to power them in place.

Michael Moore, Riwal UK Business Development Manager, said: “The JLG 860 SJ telescopic boom lifts were the best choice of powered access platform for operators working at third-floor height. The operators were installing rows of lights at fixed intervals, so the platforms had to be raised and lowered each time the machine was driven forward to the next row.

“The 860SJ cherry pickers are known to be very quick. The aerial platforms can be raised to full 28 metre height in 67 seconds, which maximises the productivity of the operators. The boom lifts have a 28.21 metre working height and a 23.51 metre working outreach, as well as a large enough aerial platform area to accommodate the electricians and their tools, with room to move around.

“The wider range of motion of the articulating jibs and 180-degree powered platform rotators enable operators to be precisely positioned to carry out the work safely and quickly.”

Sustainability to meet Central London regulations

The Greater London Authority which were made up of more than 300,000 sustainable LED bulbs.

Central London regulations for fuel emissions and construction work are some of the strictest in the world. The diesel JLG 8060 SJ boom lifts comply to current fuel and noise emission regulations for day and night working. Stage IIIB-compliant engines produce lower hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide, particulate and NOx emissions.

The cherry picker’s stowed height of 3.05 metres and overall width of 2.49 metres makes it manageable in congested city streets including Central London.


JLG 860 SJ Specifications                     

Maximum working height 28.51 metres 
Maximum platform height 26.21 metres

Maximum outreach

22.90 metres
Transport dimensions
12.19 metres length x 2.49 metres width x 3.05 metres height
Lifting capacity
230 kg
Machine weight
17, 200 kg
Platform size
0.91m x 2.44m


To find out more about hiring multiple JLG 860 SJs, contact the Riwal UK hire desk on 0844 335 2993.