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Crossrail experience

Simulation software

Crossrail last month took a licence for the latest version, Legion 1.7, although the two organisations have been working closely for a couple of years. Legion previously provided consultancy, which included simulated boarding and alighting behaviour to assess the relationship between station dwell times and different load conditions for a given platform layout and carriage design.

Keith Berryman, head of operations and development for Crossrail, says: fiThese simulations demonstrated that passenger dynamics at platform level can have network-wide effects by quantifying variations in boarding and alighting times.

fiThe distributions of dwell times for different demands have influenced our choices of rolling stock and have provided a benchmark for future design modifications. fl Crossrail now plans to use Legion to test the effectiveness of design and operational schemes and to identify areas where costs can be reduced.

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