Are there any restrictions on what people are allowed to carry with them on the tube?
Yes, this is covered in section 9 of the Conditions of Carriage which apply to all TfL services (except river services and the cable car):
9.5 You must not bring with you anything that: • is more than 2 metres long .....
I recall in the distant past returning soccer fans from Wembley Park boarding a tube train with their rolled banner and poles which was a nuisance in a crowded train, so they smartly shoved it up through the emergency door at the end of the car out of the way. No problems until approaching Finchley Road it shattered the surface train detector mercury loop, setting signals to danger in the area for the rest of the return traffic rush!
I noticed today when using the Northern line that while there are outside door release valves, there is no indication as to their purpose. I suspect that had there been a set of instructions as apparent on the South Westren Railway trains I also used, a clear-thinking customer may have used the valve to open a set doors an avoided the damage and some of the panic. I imagaine that internal door releases are not allowed.
Could a generic automatic announcement be played every 15 seconds on a loop throughout the entire train when a passenger alarm is activated, such as "The driver is aware that the passenger alarm has been activated. Staff assistance is on the way"? Perhaps in a human, calm but authoratative voice...
All that can be heard in the videos taken from inside the train is an urgent sounding beeping noise, which could feed into the anxiety rather than alleviate it. Having thought about my earlier post, maybe if a handle is pulled in more than one car, this could trigger the PEA system to go into 'panicking passengers mode' and default to playing a message to the entire train.
The talk back facility doesn't seem to work well when passengers are panicking, multiple alarms are operated etc. If the driver has to leave the cab to investigate, they don't appear to be able to use the PA again until they have returned to cab. Maybe there could also be a readily accessible facility to operate the PA with a key from inside any car?
Last Edit: May 11, 2023 19:17:18 GMT by jamesb: I realised that I was repeating an earlier post.
The new Picc trains are being developed with conventional operation to start with, but following resignalling possible wandering attendant or no staff operation. The wandering attendant, remote control or emergency staff could make announcements through personal iPad device.
At around 17:43 hrs on Friday 5 May 2023, a northbound Northern Line train departing from Clapham Common station was halted by the operation of a passenger emergency alarm. This alarm was operated after passengers within the train became aware of a burning smell. The train came to a stand with one car fully and another car partially inside the tunnel. The remaining four cars forming the train remained fully in the platform.
The doors of the train remained closed after it came to a stand. Within a short space of time, there was an uncontrolled evacuation of passengers from the train and onto the platform. Passengers exited the train via windows which had been broken open and the interconnecting doors between cars on the train. Other passengers subsequently exited the train after station staff opened the train’s bodyside doors.
No serious injuries resulted from the evacuation but at least one passenger reported cutting their hands when exiting the train.
The London Fire Brigade attended the station following the incident and found no evidence that there had been a fire. London Underground maintenance staff later determined that the probable cause of the burning smell related to the train’s braking system.
Our investigation will seek to identify the sequence of events that led to the incident. It will also consider:
the actions of those involved and anything which may have influenced them
London Underground’s procedures for incident response and management of out-of-course events
the arrangements in place to manage and control the risks of a suspected fire on a London Underground train
the design and maintenance of the braking system on the train
any underlying management factors.
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