Faculty Advisor

Demetry, James S.


This project, sponsored by Railtrack and South West Trains, addressed platform stepping distances between carriage exits and station platforms, and accidents associated with this problem. A centralized database was created which aided in relating the platform stepping distances to the number of accidents that occurred. Specified stations were ranked according to safety controls and platform stepping distances to identify hazardous platforms. This project was completed with hopes that boarding and alighting from trains will become a safer process.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering