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Boarding and alighting matrix on behaviour and interaction at the platform train interface

Seriani, S; Fujiyama, T; De Ana Rodriguez, G; (2016) Boarding and alighting matrix on behaviour and interaction at the platform train interface. In: Proceedings of the RRUKA Annual Conference 2016. SPARK: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The platform train interface (PTI) is a space with high interactions between passengers boarding and alighting. The increasing need for faster and safer boarding/alighting led the Rail Safety Standards Board to publish the Platform Train Interface Strategy (2015). Because of the complex and multi-dimensional nature of these interactions, a simple framework is required to help designers and planners identify and benchmark the degree of interaction. This paper aims to create such a framework. This new framework consists of four steps. Firstly, a model is created to represent the interaction problems at the PTI. This model discretises the PTI into a square grid and divides the platform into concentric layers around the doors. Secondly, the model variables are identified and classified into physical, spatial and operational. Thirdly, the degree of interaction between passengers is defined as high, medium or low based on the density and perception of risk, and each of the variables is assigned one degree of interaction. Finally, the results are presented in a matrix that groups the variables according to the area where the interaction happens (vehicle, PTI, or platform) and to the type of users that are affected by this interaction (boarders only, alighters only, or both). As case study, this paper applies the framework to two existing stations. The results show that the new framework is able to describe well the phenomena of high interactions. In the case study, the presence of door position indications on the platform, the density, the location of passengers and the formation of lanes were the most relevant variables in the matrix. This paper further shows how this framework can be used to suggest or evaluate suitable crowd management measures in railway infrastructure and to summarise and communicate interaction problems in a simple and effective way.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Boarding and alighting matrix on behaviour and interaction at the platform train interface
Event: RRUKA Annual Conference 2016
Location: London, UK
Dates: 3rd November 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.sparkrail.org/Lists/Records/DispForm.a...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1541221
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