Commuting by Train: Is It Safer to Sit or Stand?

This morning the First Capital Connect service into London was particularly jam-packed, to the point where some people were unable to get on in the interim stops. This reminded me of a feature I saw on Thursday’s The London Programme by Andrew Gilligan, which is also covered in This Is London.

Following the Ladbroke Grove train crash in 1999, a report from the Health and Safety Executive suggested that passengers might cushion each other in the event of an impact, however a presentation by the Deputy Director of the London Transport Users’ Committee offers a variety of views on whether standing passengers are at greater or lesser risk than seated ones.

Gilligan’s feature included a computer simulation by the company Advanced Simulation Technology which showed that standing passengers would be thrown down the carriage, and concluded that they were three times more likely to sustain serious injury than seated passengers.


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