Automatic accesses in modes of transport become essential for many reasons, particularly those regarding safety and accessibility, as well as the circulation of passenger flows.

Automatic accesses in rail stations

  • The high passenger flows that stations manage make it necessary to rely on automatic door systems easing the flow and free passage of users and their luggage.

Through the installation of standard sliding automatic doors, user safety is guaranteed, as well as fluency in user circulation.

Besides, it is also important to point out that automatic doors, since they remain open only when it is necessary, they avoid that heat transfers between the interior and the exterior of the establishment occur, thus increasing energy conservation, making passage easier to People with Reduced Mobility, and improving traveller comfort as well.

Automatic doors offer a wide range of benefits with regard to traditional swing doors, one of them being the impact derived from their installation and maintenance. Besides, thanks to their opening and closing system, a high amount of energy conservation is fulfilled.

In order to achieve such level of energy conservation, automatic doors have to comply with a set of requirements, such as:

  • Open-and-close cycles must be as short a time as possible in order to avoid that the building indoor temperature dispels, and make the outdoor temperature penetrate the facilities.
  • Automatic doors must provide a high degree of tightness in order to prevent air from leaking in or out of the building.

Whether the automatic doors installed in stations comply with such requirements, besides saving in energy and economic terms, the emissions of air pollutants into the atmosphere will decrease as well, and user comfort will increase remarkably, turning into higher reputation as far as public transport and, in this case, rail transport, are concerned.

  • One-way corridors. Manusa Toran one-way corridors have been particularly designed to meet security needs in airports, railway stations, ports and in public transport infrastructures in general. The main function of one-way corridors is to enable passenger and goods circulation in a safe, fluent and unidirectional way, in critical security areas and passenger arrival areas, but also in non-secure areas such as baggage claim areas.
  • Turnstile barriers: Validation machines – Transport one-way corridors (PAR, according to its initials in Spanish), also known as reversible automatic corridors. Although Manusa PAR ticket validation corridors can be installed in different modes of transport, they are one of the passenger access control system more common in rail stations thanks to their high safety, speed and usability.
  • Platform doors. The main purpose of PSD doors is to separate the tracks from the platform, making accidental falls impossible, preventing acts of vandalism, and reducing the so-called piston effect that occurs in underground stations.
  • Platform screen doors (PSD). Platform screen doors have been specifically designed to guarantee user safety and comfort, and to meet the high demand of railway traffic, as well as that of bus or underground systems of cities.
  • Platform screen gates. They work in the same way as platform screen doors, but in this case, the closing of platforms is carried out through partitioning platform screen gates; this guarantees safety in platforms, but reduces the impression of space reduction.
Accesos automáticos en infraestructuras de transporte ferroviario

Accesos automáticos en infraestructuras de transporte ferroviario

An example of these platforms screen doors can be found in Can Cuiàs station, of the Barcelona Metro line 11. This project formed by a total of 40 platform screen doors was performed between 2007 and 2009, being also the first station in Spain offering platform screen doors that interacted with the train in a totally automatic way.

  • Firebreak doors. As for railway stations, as well as for those with a high amount of passenger circulation, it becomes necessary to rely on elements being able to guarantee user safety in case a fire occurs. Manusa fire-resistant doors are designed to sectorise areas and to prevent fire from spreading out of them for about 30 to 60 minutes, marking out the different areas within a building. 

As it can be observed, automatic accesses are very important in any transport infrastructure due to the high number of people that make use of them on a daily basis.

Manusa offers solutions for transport facilities, by adapting to safety and traveller comfort demands, thanks to the use of state of the art technology and its more than 50 years of sector-specific experience.

Manusa Automatic Doors