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Boarding a moving train: The way to speed up rail travel?

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"Moving Platforms" is an integrated tram-to-train concept

Passengers would cross between tram and train without either vehicle stopping

It's the work of British designer Paul Priestman

London CNN —  

A designer has come up with a unique and futuristic solution for speeding up rail travel: he doesn’t want to change the engines, or the tracks – he wants to get rid of the stations.

Determined to take rail transport into the 21st century, Paul Priestman, director of British design group Priestmangoode, is the man behind the “Moving Platforms” concept, which he believes could potentially revolutionize the rail industry.

His scheme would see travelers served by a carousel of trams and high-speed trains that would take passengers from their homes to their destinations without them ever having to use a bus, car or taxi.

“The idea with Moving Platforms is that … if you were going on holiday or on business for instance, you could get onto a tram on your street and then seamlessly travel from that onto the high-speed line and then get off at your destination in another city, then onto a tram and then end up at your destination without ever having gone in your car or perhaps got on a bus,” says Priestman.

“It’s totally integrated into a sort of larger transport system,” he adds.

The idea is to have a city-wide network of trams that travel in a loop and connect with a high-speed rail service.

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But instead of passengers having to get off the tram at a rail station and wait for the next HSR service to arrive, the moving tram would “dock” with a moving train, allowing passengers to cross between tram and train without either vehicle ever stopping.