A Check-in and Bag Drop Service On-board Light Rail Vehicles for Passengers Travelling to the Airport

Jonathan Toal, Marin Marinov*

*Corresponding author for this work

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It appears that nowadays rail vehicles are not the primary choice of transportation for people going to the airport. The inconvenience of carrying luggage on railways deters passengers, who look for alternatives. Attempts have been made to encourage passengers to travel to the airport by rail. However, significant limitations in these existing systems suggest a need for extensive work and adjustments, but this would increase the price and discourage passengers. This study investigates the potential for implementing an on-board check-in and bag drop system onto rail vehicles. By observing the Tyne and Wear Metro, Newcastle, the UK the benefits and limitations of installing such a facility have been explored, by the development of suitable operations and interior designs. Four designs which meet the design criteria were produced and their limitations considered. This study concludes that the potential for an on-board check-in and bag drop facility is realistic. Each design brings key benefits and limitations, and all meet security, and health and safety criteria. A feature incorporated into all designs allows for the equipment to be removed easily and stored away, helping with a low cost and versatile approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Rail Transport
EditorsMarin Marinov, Janene Piip
ISBN (Electronic)9783030195199
ISBN (Print)9783030195212
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mobility
ISSN (Print)2196-5544
ISSN (Electronic)2196-5552

Bibliographical note

Copyright © 2020, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. This version of the paper has been accepted for publication, after peer review and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use [https://www.springernature.com/gp/open-research/policies/accepted-manuscript-terms], but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19519-9_1


  • Baggage
  • Check-in desk
  • Metro
  • Passengers
  • Rail vehicles


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