There is a vital element not even considered in passenger satisfaction surveys, but which is crucial to passenger ability to complete the journey: air quality.
It is an aspect MTRC Hong Kong, Virgin West Coast, London Underground, and others, are addressing. They have all utilised expertise from British engineering company- Gilberts Blackpool, to ensure the correct balance between carriage temperature and air quality to deliver invisible RPCB (rail passenger comfort benefits).
“Without appropriate ventilation, regardless of how full the carriage, passengers face numerous potential health issues: CO2 in particular needs to be controlled, yet numerous surveys have found levels of this gas to be excessive within passenger rail environments,” observes Ian Rogers, Gilberts’ Sales Director.
“Whilst air quality is not as obvious as seat comfort or carriage capacity, it still impacts on a passenger’s overall journey experience, their health and wellbeing- and, potentially, how they interact and react with staff and other passengers. Air quality helps keep temperatures comfortable, and nontoxic. That can only be achieved with proper ventilation.”
Gilberts can provide off-the-shelf and bespoke discreet solutions in external intake and internal discharge ventilation for individual above- and below-ground carriage design.
It has in-house software expertise to enable CFD (computational fluid dynamic) and airflow modelling for each application, finitely populated with sub structures, fixtures, fittings and specific heating/cooling loads to predict and adjust the airflow and heat transfer behaviour within the compartments.
It is also the only independent air movement specialist in the UK to have its own, in-house test laboratory, enabling prototype bespoke grilles and diffusers to be physically trialled and validated before manufacture.
Founded 59 years ago, Gilberts Blackpool is Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist, and is unique in its ability to develop components, be it ‘mainstream’ or bespoke – entirely in-house, from initial design through tooling, production, testing and supply, at its 85,000 ft2 manufacturing facility. Its state of the art test centre, designed and built in-house, is one of the most technically advanced in the country.