Investing in passenger safety

15 February 2008  •  Author(s): Serge Lagrange, Metro Operations Director, RATP

Several metro networks are progressively introducing platform screen doors, set-up at the edge of platforms to prevent passengers falling on the tracks. Platform screens remove the risk of accidental falls and prevent suicide attempts. Platform screens also improve the general sense of safety of the passengers waiting at platforms. In addition, they contribute to improving the regularity of train movements by shortening waiting times.

On the Paris network, platform screens are regarded as indispensable on lines that are automated (Line 14 was equipped at the outset and the current automation of Line 1 includes the fitting of platform screens). On non-automated lines, platform screens bring advantages in terms of safety, regularity and comfort.

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