Level Boarding: Solutions for the Mainlines

On the last post, I outlined the history and the main challenges to achieving level boarding on London’s legacy railway systems. And so, the next few posts will look at solutions that are being considered in order to increase the provision of level boarding. Due to the nature of these solutions, cases outside of London will be examined to provide comparison. Unfortunately, the post will also highlight the reasons why level boarding will continue to be a very slow work in progress  unless there is a strong push from passengers and lawmakers to demand equal access for all instead of “turn up and hope.”  (more…)

Level Boarding: Introduction

It is finally time to talk about the concept of level boarding, including its history, major factors and challenges, while also examining where level boarding exists and various solutions that could expand the provision of level boarding across London. I have talked about level boarding several times before when discussing degrees of step-free access, as level boarding is when wheelchair users are able to board a train without requiring any outside assistance, such as a manual boarding ramp. In an ideal world,  the interface between the train and the platform would look similar to that found in a lift, where the lift lines up seamlessly with the floors of the building.  (more…)