Monday, August 18, 2008

Platform Gap Filler

The photo above was taken at Ichon station, but it shows something that I think that I have seen at every suburban railway station that I have been to in Seoul. The black rubbery material affixed to the edge of the platform is called "Platform Gap Filler" and it is made by a Korean company called DRB (Dongil Rubber Belt Co.).

As the Company product information says: "monolithically mounted on the front side of the platform, this device enables the passenger to get on and off the train safety (sic) by reducing the gap between the platform and the entrance of the subway car when the subway operating stops at a platform".

Strips of this material are strategically located at positions on the platforms where the subway car doors open thus reducing the likelihood of a passenger slipping through the gap between the platform and the subway car.