The Central Railway (CR) plans to use behavioural architecture to curb trespassing and crossing of tracks at sections on the suburban railway. The project was implemented on a pilot basis at Wadala station.
“We would be using the concept across 34 vital locations across stations starting with Ghatkopar. We will first study the places, as the conditions are not uniform across these stations, and then start placing them,” said CR chief PRO, S Mudgerikar. The concept is based on behavioural responses while crossing tracks.
A private firm, ‘Final Mile’ is implementing this project on behalf of CR and has identified stations that have reported the highest number of accidents due to trespassing.
“We have identified 10 major stations on CR where more than 50 per cent of total accident cases are trespassing related. In the next one month we would implement this concept at these stations,” said Biju Dominic, CEO, Final Mile.
Some of the stations on the list are Kurla, Kalyan, Thane, Dombivli, Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Chembur and Mankhurd.
The project includes putting up images of a man being crushed by a train and his facial expression. “An image of a person
at the time of the accident will register more strongly and act as a deterrent rather than just a message,” said an official from CR. “Even if after that a trespasser thinks of crossing the tracks, he would put himself in the victim’s
place and think about consequences.”
The CR will also place whistle boards 150 metres away from accident–prone spots. The boards will act as an indication for motormen to blow a horn. Painting the tracks with bright yellow stripes will also aid trespassers to gauge the speed of approaching trains.
In October, the CR implemented this concept at Wadala station on a pilot basis and claim it to be a success. “In the last two months, the number of accidents has gone down,” added Mudgerikar.
A photograph of a man being run over by a train to be put up at the end of the platform, where people are usually tempted to cross tracks.
It was found that commuters ignore warning signs put up at railway stations, but such images register at a subconscious level.
Commuters fail to realise the speed of trains and so painting a sequence of bright yellow strips on the tracks helps as commuters’ eyes catch these strips disappearing under the train and helps the brain get a better idea of distance and the speed of the train.