Step and gap dimensions vary considerably across the GB rail network and can increase risk to passengers when boarding and alighting trains. It is important for the rail industry to work together to reduce this risk.
Different step and gap dimensions can create different risks to passengers. For example:
•Smaller step and gap dimensions can cause tripping hazards as people may not notice the difference between the footstep and platform.
•Large step and gap dimensions can increase the risk of passengers falling between the train and platform. They can also make it difficult for people to board and alight the train safely, especially passengers with impairments, children or luggage.