Feasibility study of a kneeling train
Loughborough University and CoCatalyst Limited
RSSB is working with ROSCOs and rolling stock manufacturers to determine interest in how this work could inform the refurbishment of existing rolling stock as well as the design of new trains. A wider cost-benefit analysis of the overall approach is planned and could lead to a demonstrator.
Is it possible to modify or design trains such that they have the ability to ‘kneel’? In that the height of the vehicle and lateral position can be adjusted to move closer to the station. The goal of this investigation was to remove (or at least reduce) gaps and steps that occur between the platform and the vehicle body, resulting in faster, safer and more accessible train boarding and alighting.