Passengers' perceived ability to get out safely from an underground train station in an emergency situation

Shiwakoti, N, Tay, R, Stasinopoulos, P and Woolley, P 2018, 'Passengers' perceived ability to get out safely from an underground train station in an emergency situation', Cognition, Technology and Work, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 367-375.


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Title Passengers' perceived ability to get out safely from an underground train station in an emergency situation
Author(s) Shiwakoti, N
Tay, R
Stasinopoulos, P
Woolley, P
Year 2018
Journal name Cognition, Technology and Work
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 367
End page 375
Total pages 9
Publisher Springer
Abstract Many recent studies have been done on the development of evacuation systems and plans. There are also several studies on human behaviour in fire. However, little research has been done to understand how peoples' likely behaviour relates to their perceived ability to get out safely during an emergency, especially in a major transport hub like an underground train station. This study explores the beliefs and perceptions of 1134 train passengers and finds that those who report that they are likely to move to the exit immediately, wait for directions from the station staff, wait at assembly areas, help others with difficulties, choose the least crowded exit and/or use the escalators to get out also report that they expect to get out safely. In contrast, passengers who report that they are likely to do nothing and/or push others if necessary also report that they are less likely to get out safely.
Subject Transport Engineering
Keyword(s) Pedestrian safety perception
Emergency evacuation
Crowd behaviours
Pedestrian survey
Human factors
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s10111-018-0473-3
Copyright notice © 2018 Springer-Verlag London Ltd., part of Springer Nature
ISSN 1435-5566
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