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LUL experience

Simulation software

London Undergound (LUL) recently calculated that the average Tube passenger spends 40% of his or her journey time in stations.

Improving station design and efficiency would therefore have a significant impact on the functioning and performance of the network as a whole.

LUL been working since the 1980s to see how people move and how crowding affects stations.

fiWe want our stations to be a congestion free environment, fl says Phil McKenna, LUL marketing and planning manager.

LUL has already started using Legion in the station planning process. fiLegion is helping to show design teams how schemes would work in practice and quantifying the performance of a scheme, fl says McKenna.

fiIt has also got applications in benchmarking, comparative studies, and testing schemes against varying passenger loads and under different scenarios. fl McKenna likes Legion's highly visual output. fiIt's very engaging, not at all boring. Illustrating a scheme in action makes it easier to read and understand than an architectural plan or flow diagram.

It's accessible to non-technical audiences too, which given the increasing number of stakeholders in a station project, is vital. fl

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