UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Integrating passenger and train flow in complex mainline stations

Taku Fujiyama was presented with the Institution of Civil Engineers’ ‘Best Paper’ Award for his research ‘Investigating ramp gradients for humps on railway platforms’.

1 September 2017

The paper set out the scientific basis for platform humps which are being installed across London Underground’s network. It was published in the ICE journal Municipal Engineer. He was also invited to give a guest lecture at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The results of this research programme have also been used in design specification of new trains for the metros in New York and Melbourne.

Taku’s research ‘Developing and Evaluating Dynamic Optimisation for Train Control Systems’ is also close to implementation, in collaboration with EPSRC and RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board). The next step is to test the research algorithms using real trains. The project was featured in an RSSB Brochure to senior managers in the industry. It was also featured in a dedicated article in Rail Technology Magazine (September 2017).

Taku was also invited to give a keynote speech at an Anglo-French workshop on Station Flow Management. This event was hosted at SNCF and attended by major transport operators from France and the UK. SNCF and UCL have agreed to continue collaborative research on combining passenger movement management at stations with railway traffic operations.