RETRACTABLE steps can help passengers with mobility problems negotiate the gaps between trains and platform edges, making access possible for wheelchair users.
The AGC multiple-units under construction for SNCF are fitted with passenger-operated ’gap fillers’, partially-moving steps to improve access. Pushing the button to open the door also deploys the step, which retracts automatically as the doors close.
The fixed part has a high strength steel frame enclosing the 24V motor and associated controls. The moving element is formed of steel with an anti-slip surface; it has a collapsible end in case of collision with the platform.
Bode Sud, Italy