Influence of Obstacles on the Use of the Danger Zone on Railway Platforms


  • Jasmin Thurau SBB AG, Technologic Asset Management, Bern, Switzerland
  • Nicolas Keusen BAV, Dept. of Security, Ittigen, Switzerland



railway platforms, pedestrian behaviour, use of danger zone, influence of obstacles


Growing passenger numbers and the lack of space available led to research on pedestrians’ behaviour on railway platforms in Switzerland. By using stereo sensors, pedestrians’ tracks were collected on a platform in the train station of Bern. The analysis of pedestrians stepping into the danger zone showed clearly that obstacles have a large influence on the frequencies of pedestrians using the danger zone. By presenting four hypotheses the effect of obstacles on pedestrians’ use of the danger zone on train station platforms is investigated.


J. Thurau, J. van den Heuvel, N. Keusen, M. van Ofwegen und S. Hoogendoorn, „Influence of Pedestrian Density on the Use of the Danger Zone at Platforms of Train Stations“, Bern / Utrecht, 2017.

J. van den Heuvel, J. Thurau, M. Mendelin, R. Schakenbos, M. van Ofwegen und S. Hoogendoorn, „An application of new pedestrian tracking sensors for evaluating platform safety risk at Swiss and Dutch train stations“, Utrecht / Bern, 2017.

N. Keusen et al., „Safety Distances on Platforms”, Bern, 2011.




How to Cite

Thurau, J., & Keusen, N. (2020). Influence of Obstacles on the Use of the Danger Zone on Railway Platforms. Collective Dynamics, 5, 505–507.



Proceedings of Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2018