Generally, reliability is the main reason for modernising an escalator and often the need for a full replacement including the truss can be avoided. In most cases, a failing escalator or moving walk can be stripped down in situ, leaving the truss in place and replacing the failing and worn equipment.

There are significant benefits from updating and modernising an escalator, and in particular, environmental gains in energy consumption. Apart from improvements in drive efficiency, the escalator can be equipped with a slow running feature or automatic start that initiates the movement, steps and handrails as passengers approach the escalator.

Controlling the safe movement and speed of the escalator steps, and other moving parts, is undertaken by the escalator controller located within the truss. It also interfaces with the escalator’s safety devices like stop buttons and sensors. Often an escalator controller upgrade or modernisation can be undertaken as a standalone project.

Handrails and balustrades also take a lot of punishment over their life and can look worn and tired. Replacement of these items not only improves the safe use of the escalator, but also can significantly improve aesthetics.


With 30 years of industry experience, Temple Lifts can refurbish and modernise a wide range of escalators regardless of make, age or type. We have a full national coverage with offices in Kent , Hampshire and Staffordshire. We put the needs of the customer first and offer flexible, customer-tailored refurbishment and upgrade options. When you choose Temple Lifts, we will always:

  • Conduct a site survey
  • Provide a report with recommendations and solutions
  • Carry out a thorough risk assessment survey
  • Identify components in need of replacement
  • Consult you prior to carrying out any work
  • Deliver the most appropriate options for each customer
  • Maintain regular contact