Feasibility of a kneeling train to improve platform-train interface for passenger boarding and alighting
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Railway operators and infrastructure companies strive to optimise the flow of passengers on and off vehicles whilst aiming to minimise accidents at the platform-train interface (PTI). An ideal solution (already available in some situations) would be step-free access to aid efficient boarding for everyday passengers and those with additional needs or reduced mobility. Out of many solutions existing today, a 'kneeling vehicle' seems a possible solution due to the opportunity to minimise the step and gap distances. In this study, the viability of an assumed kneeling mechanism retro-fitted to a contemporary suspension architecture is assessed by evaluating the possible improvement in the step/gap distances based on a detailed model of suspension movement. It is shown that for many different infrastructure scenarios that significant improvements in the PTI are shown for a modest and achievable kneeling action. This study also addresses fundamental operational concerns of a kneeling vehicle by assessing gauging (with respect to infrastructure and adjacent vehicles) and pantograph interaction.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||IET Intelligent Transport Systems|
|Early online date||27 Apr 2020|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2020|