Call for Research: Faster, Safer, Better: Boarding and Alighting Trains

shutterstock_151956011RSSB (via RRUKA) is making up to £500,000 available for academic-led feasibility studies with a call for research to identify novel solutions that will improve the Platform Train Interface (PTI).




There are over 2,500 stations on the mainline network, through which more than a billion journeys begin and end every year [1].

Platforms, train doors and train positioning that help passengers to quickly, and safely move through busy stations are all important parts of the 30 year vision for the rail industry [2] which sees passengers arriving, departing and changing trains smoothly [3]. As highlighted in the Rail Technical Strategy (RTS 2012), the platform train interface (PTI) is a challenging yet vital element key to the delivery of this vision.

The challenge

In December 2013, RSSB established a cross-industry group to investigate PTI risk and develop a strategy that would support industry in managing this complex interface [4]. Published January 2015, the PTI strategy provides an explanation of the specific challenges presented, highlighting 6 specific areas of activity, including:

  • Passenger movements through the station and across the PTI
  • Optimising the step and gap
  • Performance and capacity

In support of industry vision, RRUKA is inviting the academic community to develop novel ideas and innovative solutions that can help the rail industry reduce dwell time, cater for increasing capacity and reduce safety risk at the PTI.

The competition is open to academic researchers from all relevant departments and cross-departmental collaboration is strongly encouraged.

Networking and information day

Potential bidders are invited to attend a networking and information day on Thursday 26 May (to be held at the RSSB offices in London ). Those unable to join in person also have the opportunity to join via live webinar. The platform for this can now be accessed using the following link:

Spaces are limited to so ensure you register by Friday 20th May to avoid disappointment!

See the event page for more information and details of the timeline for this call.

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[2] Rail Technical Strategy – Infrastructure 2.60
[3] Rail Technical Strategy – Customer Experience 2.138
[4] PTI Strategy 2015 – Foreword
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