The British railway is one of the safest in Europe, however the platform edge still remains a place where around 1,500 incidents take place every year. Sadly, six people died in incidents which took place at the platform edge last year, although none of these were related to people getting on or off trains.
To try to make the gap between the train and the platform safer, the industry launched a comprehensive cross-industry strategy which includes work streams on human factors, operations, engineering, and data analysis. Critically, it has been driven and sponsored by rail companies working together – both train operators and Network Rail as the infrastructure manager.
Platform-Train Interface strategy (PTI) overview provides a high level summary of the
The GB Platform Train Interface (PTI) Strategy
We have developed a cross-industry strategy to make the gap between the platform and the train safer, and to ensure that growing numbers of passengers can continue to enjoy safe and efficient train services in the future.
The PTI Strategy represents a great example of cross-industry collaboration. We have a roadmap to improve safety, reduce PTI incidents, and improve performance across the immediate (2015), short (rest of CP5), medium (CP6 and CP7) and long term (CP8 and beyond).
We adopted a whole-system, risk-based approach to create a comprehensive strategy, which included work streams in human factors, operations, engineering, and data analysis. Critically, it has been driven and sponsored by rail companies working together – both train operators and Network Rail as the infrastructure manager.
PTI strategy overview provides a high level summary of the PTI strategy.
Risk-triggered commentary in train dispatch
'Risk Triggered Commentary' (RTC) is a technique which helps staff focus memory so that critical information relating to risk for a given situation is maintained at the forefront of the mind. The technique has been used in train driving but can also be used for other safety critical tasks like train dispatch.