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Disabled access - Articles and news items

Rail industry promises to improve toilet accessibility for disabled passengers

Rail industry news / 1 February 2017 /

The UK rail industry has committed to improving accessibility of toilets on trains and at stations for disabled passengers following talks with Rail Minister Paul Maynard.

Passengers to benefit from step-free access at Leyland station

Rail industry news / 5 August 2015 /

Network Rail has revealed plans to provide government funded step-free access at Leyland station, Lancashire.

Survey reveals ‘turn up and go’ service would increase disabled train passenger numbers

Rail industry news / 11 March 2015 /

A recent survey carried out by the Papworth Trust reveals two thirds of disabled people are more likely to use trains frequently if they could turn up and go, rather than booking assistance ahead of their journey.

Satellite positioning systems: assessing state-of-the-art technology for railways

Issue 3 2011 / 31 May 2011 /

In this paper, we will try to provide a general overview about the state-of-the-art aspects of satellite positioning systems and their usage in the railway safety assessment field, in particular in the On-Board Technological Systems (OBTS) assessment processes. Obviously CENELEC norms are applied in Italy, but the national peculiarities request additional specifications for the testing of ETCS with the integrated Italian National Automatic Train Protection System, the SCMT (Sistema di Controllo Marcia Treno, i.e. Train Run Control System).

The main norm for this kind of test is the RFI TC.PATC ST CM 03 E23 document1 ‘Sistema Tecnologico di Bordo – Verifica funzionale dell’installazione del STB sui rotabili’ (On-Board Technological System – Functional Verification of the OBTS installation on rolling stock), compiled and issued during 2008 by the Technical Department – Automatic Train Control Project of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana inc. (Trackside Manager) and then incorporated in the official National Railway Standards by the National Railway Safety Authority (ANSF, Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza delle Ferrovie).

Open to equality and accessibility

Issue 2 2008, Past issues / 8 April 2008 /

Our society has committed itself to provide equal access to the public transport system for all citizens. Despite common efforts to improve the accessibility of the rolling stock, there are still some deficiencies towards the Men Machine Interfaces (MMI’s) on mainline trains for physically and sensory impaired people.