Guidance for depot design published

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A new document from the Light Rail Safety and Standards Board is setting out guidance for the design of well-integrated tramway depots and their operational control centres.

LRG30.0 – Depot Control Centre Guidance is the latest document to be added to the organisation’s expanding online Reference Library and, also looks at the operational considerations that need to be taken into account when planning new a depot or extending and existing one,

Craig O’Brien, LRSSB Head of Engineering Safety and Innovation, explained: “Every tramway or metro system requires at least one depot, and implementing the guidance given here will help operators to ensure optimised efficiency, safety and performance.

The guidance covers every aspect of a depot’s required features including design and layout, the stabling and maintenance of trams, security, accessibility, lighting, sustainable heating and ventilation, drainage and the location of management, administration and welfare staff.

“The new document also includes the design and implementation of energy supplies and distribution systems, including depot substations and ancillary power systems, to ensure that every depot has sufficient capacity,” added Craig.

The guidance can be downloaded here.

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