The Anonymous Widower

Level Boarding As A Policy

In his Informed Sources column in the August 2021 Edition of Modern Railways, Roger Ford says this.

GBR might, for example, set level boarding as a long-term policy.

By GBR, Roger means Great British Railways.

If vibrant Liverpool and sleepy East Anglia can do it, then surely all trains can be this way.

The pictures show the particularly bad example of a Class 395 train.

It is very surprising to me, that these trains didn’t have level boarding as many of the platforms they serve were new when the trains were introduced.

I blame the Treasury!

But this is what can be done.

The pictures show Greater Anglia’s Class 745 and Class 755 trains.

As I’m not getting any younger, I would like to see Roger’s suggestion made the standard.



August 15, 2021 - Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. Definitely should be mandated.

    And Merseyside has the class 777s now being delivered and as part of the fleet repacement programme, all platform edges were standardised and tidied up so as to be the proper Network Rail platform height.

    How about if new trains are not level step free access then such trains are discriminating against person with less mobility.

    And the UK is up to 20 years behind Denmark. We went on holiday to the Copenhagen area where a lot of trains offered step free level boarding access:

    The entire S-Tog suburban fleet from 2004-2005

    The Oresundtags, at least 100+ 3 car units where the centre car has a low floor section

    The LokalTog serving northern Zealand uses 2 car articulated units

    Some photos I took in this album

    Comment by chilterntrev | August 15, 2021 | Reply

  2. Boarding and alighting is the cause of all current public fatalities (not counted in the statistics) and many injuries. UK has a standard height but almost all platforms are too low.. From my experience in track maintenance in underground mines this is due to poor maintenance. When levelling the track and improving drainage it is always easier to raise the track and add extra ballast than to dig out the old ballast. I note that there has been a bridge parapet failure where a photo shows the failure could be due to the same cause.

    Comment by Ben Oldfield | August 15, 2021 | Reply

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