A new guidance document by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) aims to improve procurement of trains and avoid future modifications.
RSSB is a UK research, analysis and insight company funded by industry stakeholders.
Key Train Requirements, now in its fourth iteration, enhances existing specification for aspects of purchasing trains, and includes updated guidance on breaking systems, couplers that join carriages, CCTV cameras and even advice on how to design train bodies to improve mobile phone reception.
Train operators should consider installing safeguards preventing trains from moving while doors are open and fit doors with ‘anti-trap and drag’ systems, the guide recommends.
RSSB said the document adds detail to current standards and gathers best practice in both train design and procurement to help buyers prepare specifications.
“Hopefully this will ensure that [buyers] will be more specific about what they request, which will require less maintenance and modification,” a RSSB spokesman said.
The Rail Delivery Group, representing rail and freight companies, says the rail industry has already committed to the delivery of 4,500 new vehicles between 2014 and 2024, worth more than £7.5bn.
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