The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 24, 2013
 

Scientists' new trains 'can prevent terror attack deaths'

 
 

LONDON (AFP) - British researchers said Wednesday they have developed train carriages that can reduce deaths and injuries in terror attacks by using plastic-coated windows and measures to prevent flying debris.

The New Rail research centre at Newcastle University analysed the carriages hit in the July 7, 2005 attacks on the London Underground and conducted a test explosion on a decommissioned carriage to study the impact on its structure.

The three-year SecureMetro project focused on containing the blast impact and reducing debris, which is the main cause of death and injury in such explosions and an obstacle for the emergency services trying to reach injured passengers.

The researchers on the EU-funded project said the solutions they developed were relatively cheap to implement.