RSSB, through the Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA), is funding four new projects to improve the safety and speed of boarding and alighting trains.
Each of the projects aims to reduce the number of incidents occurring at the platform / train interface (PTI), which is statistically where passengers are most likely to incur harm during their journey.
Addressing this will improve safety. It could also potentially reduce dwell time at stations, thereby improving customer satisfaction and network capacity, as well as reducing the cost associated with dealing with complaints.
The four projects are:
- Using data to influence passenger positioning and boarding (University of Surrey and Loughborough University
- Looking at passenger flow to find the optimum vehicle design (University of Sheffield)
- Augmenting current CCTV technology to improve interaction at the PTI (Lancaster University Digital Rail Ltd and NTTX Ltd)
- Investigating the feasibility of a kneeling train to reduce the gap between the train and the platform (Loughborough University and CoCatalyst Limited)
The academia-led projects have been awarded funding as winners of the £500k ‘Faster, Safer, Better: Boarding and Alighting’ competition launched last year by RSSB through RRUKA.