In a groundbreaking move, the Prague Transport Company will conduct its first-ever trial of automatic safety platform doors in the city’s metro system.
The doors will be installed at Zličín station this summer, as Zdopravy.cz reports.
The installation of the automatic doors will be limited to the apron area, specifically the first two carriages in the direction of travel towards the city center (Černý Most).
The selection of Zličín station for this pilot project was largely influenced by its proximity to the depot. The data collected during the testing period will prove invaluable for the transport company, aiding in the further development of the system.
It is worth noting that the upcoming construction of the new D line will feature fully automated operations, including driverless trains and platform safety doors. Subsequently, the Prague authorities plan to transition the “C” line to automatic operation as well.
The platform doors at Zličín station will operate on the same principle as those found in other European cities’ subways.
Essentially, they consist of a wall that acts as a barrier between the platform and the tracks. These doors will automatically open only when a train approaches the station, ensuring enhanced safety and security for passengers.
This makes it impossible for a passenger to fall on the tracks. Just a few days ago, a blind girl and her guide dog accidentally fell on the tracks at Nové Butovice station.
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