There is an obvious need for a continuous system to transport large numbers of passengers at speeds of up to 10 m.p.h. over distances of up to 1 mile. The disadvantages of various systems which have been proposed over the years to provide a high speed moving pavement are discussed. The principle of the operation of the s-type speedaway is described together with the ways in which this design overcomes the disadvantages of earlier proposals. The development of the system began in 1968 and led to the building of a full scale prototype which has been operating since 1971. Aspects of the design and the particular attention paid to passenger acceptability and safety are discussed. The point to point s-type speedaway has a short constant speed entry section, after which the passenger is accelerated smoothly in a curved path until the main high speed section is reached. The main travel speed is up to 5 times the entry speed and at the end of this zone the passenger is decelerated to step off the system at low speed. Capacity of a single unit is 10,000 people per hour. Applications and installations for high speed moving walkways are described. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Federation of Pedestrian Assoc

    Passage 61 III
    S-Gravenhage,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Todd, J K
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137454
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM