Date of release: Monday, February 17, 2014

Professor Ed GaleaA vital research project to help improve the safety, security and comfort of passengers at railway stations and other public spaces requires hundreds of volunteers.

Those taking part over two days in March will simply be required to walk around part of the University of Greenwich campus in large groups, replicating a typical scene at a busy rail or underground station.

The research, organised by the university’s award-winning Fire Safety Engineering Group, will investigate how pedestrians move through public spaces. The project will also help improve the design of stations and their surrounding environments.

The research will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March. Volunteers can take part in one or more days and will be required between 8am and 5pm. Those taking part will be compensated with £45 each per day to contribute to travel and incidental costs.

Professor Ed Galea, Director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group, is a world expert on evacuation procedures and how people behave in emergencies.

He says those taking part will be contributing to a unique research project. “My team will be directing large groups of people on campus and collecting data as they move through a simple reconstruction of a train station environment,” he says.

“While it will be simple to take part, the research is vital. It will ultimately lead to the design of more people-friendly and safer public spaces, and could one day help save lives.”

Volunteers must be over 18 years of age. For further information, to check eligibility and to register an interest in taking part in the trials, please see: http://fseg.gre.ac.uk/Experiments

If you have any queries, contact Karen Judd at exodus@gre.ac.uk or call 020 8331 8706.

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Picture: Professor Ed Galea.