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'Snap wands' and low location marking systems for emergency lighting on passenger vehicles (T052)

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This project considers the use of low location marking systems and 'snap wands' as a means of providing lighting in an emergency. It addresses recommendation 75 in Lord Cullen's first report on the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry.

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In recommendation 75 of his first report on the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry, Lord Cullen recommended consideration of 'snap wands' in passenger vehicles as a means of providing lighting in an emergency. The project addresses this recommendation and also the use of airline style floor lighting (known as low location marking systems (LLMS's)), which were also being considered by train operators. On behalf of RSSB, Interfleet Technology in conjunction with ICE Ergonomics Ltd. conducted the research drawing on extensive experience from the building and aviation industries. The work concludes that retrospective fitting of LLMS's cannot be justified on safety grounds alone, although there may be a case for new build particularly when other factors such as passenger perception are taken into account. It also found no overwhelming case to use or not-use 'snap wands'. More holistic research into emergency lighting is being conducted in project T314.

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