REQUIREMENTS for emergency lighting on trains have been identified in a report compiled under the leadership of AEA Technology Rail and published by Britain’s Rail Safety & Standards Board.

The project identified safety benefits using feedback from passengers involved in accidents where lights failed. These include helping passengers protect themselves and others during an accident, providing reassurance and thus reducing trauma, facilitating first aid and assisting evacuation.

The report confirmed that appropriate and reliable technology is currently available. A code of practice is being developed to assist rolling stock operators and owners when specifying emergency lighting.