Vehicle Design supplement

Posted: 22 December 2014 |

In our latest free-to-view Vehicle Design Supplement, Mike Weston from TfL gives details about bus sensor technology trials in London; Richard McClean from DB Regio Tyne & Wear explains the Metro’s massive refurbishment programme; and Yannis Vardakastanis from the EDF outlines the importance of vehicle design for persons with disabilities…

  • Bus sensor technology to help improve London’s safety records
    For more than 120 years, London’s roads have played host to the iconic red bus. From humble beginnings of horse-drawn ‘Shillibeers’, the fleet has now grown to 8,700 buses and account for more than a quarter of all road journeys in the city, with many running through the day and night. An increase in the number of bus journeys plus an increase in the number of cyclists and pedestrians also increases the chances of accidents, but one of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) top priorities is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 40% by 2020. For Intelligent Transport, TfL’s Director of Buses, Mike Weston, tells us what technology is being trialled on London’s buses to help improve its safety records.
  • Metro ‘lighter, brighter and safer’ thanks to the refurbishment of its fleet
    The £30 million modernisation of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s train fleet has past the half-way point, and eyecatching new features and functional changes are now emerging across the system. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, commissioned the fleet refurbishment project in 2010 when modernisation funding was given the green light by the UK Government. Throughout the project, at stations, on trains, and for staff, operations have very much been business as usual. Managing Director of DB Regio Tyne and Wear, Richard McClean, gave Intelligent Transport an update on the refurbishment work.
  • Vehicle design and accessibility for persons with disabilities
    President of the European Disability Forum (EDF) – Yannis Vardakastanis – says that the three main points which can make a difference concerning the design of public transport vehicles include boarding, space allocation, and information. For Intelligent Transport, Yannis takes a further look into these features which can be helpful to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities.

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