The Campaign for Level Boarding was established in late 2019 to address what was seen as a lack of ambition among the rail industry to achieve widespread level boarding across the UK rail network.
The Campaign for Level Boarding is an unofficial network of disabled rail users, railway engineers and other industry professionals, seeking to use their combined experience and knowledge to revolutionise rail travel and improve safety for everyone.
The key asks of the campaign are to:
- Establish a procurement standard for all new trains to be “low-floor”, with extendable gap fillers, to match the platform height
- Begin a rolling programme of platform improvements to bring all platforms up to the existing UK standard (915mm height, 730mm offset)
- Agree a target of 2040 to achieve level boarding across the UK rail network.
DMD Pathfinders provides the secretariat for the campaign. The campaign has no funding from or affiliation with any other organisations, being run by volunteers.
A rolling programme of platform improvements
to bring all platforms up to the UK standard
(915mm height, 730mm offset).
“Low-Floor” Rolling Stock
A procurement standard for all new trains to be
low-floor, with retractable steps, to match the
Benefits of Level Boarding
Safety at the platform edge:
Level boarding reduces the chance of trips and falls, the biggest safety and fatality risk on our railways today.
Independent travel for disabled people:
Wheelchair users can use the trains like everyone else without assistance. No more failed assistance requests or delays.
Quick and easy boarding for everyone:
Everyone, including older people, people with reduced mobility, and passengers with luggage, bikes, and pushchairs, benefits from level access to the trains.
Accommodates all UK rail traffic:
Using existing standards for platform heights means that all existing UK rail traffic, including freight, can continue to use the network while new trains are rolled out.
No more dangerous ramps:
Most trains have floors at least 180mm higher than the standard platform, requiring manual boarding ramps. Coupled with non-standard platforms, ramped access can sometimes be dangerously steep.
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Published: 5th March 2020
Source: Campaign for Level Boarding