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Variation of Airborne Particulate Levels at a Newly Opened Underground Railway Station

Category: Urban Air Quality

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DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2018.06.0225

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Yingying Cha 1, Minghui Tu1, Max Elmgren2, Sanna Silvergren2, Ulf Olofsson1

  • 1 Department of Machine Design, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2 SLB-analys, Environment and Health Administration, Stockholm, Sweden


Increases in PM10 and PM2.5 were found to relate to the time of traffic operation.
Increases in particle concentrations of coarse sizes were noticed at door-side.
The particle concentrations were at similar levels for the new and old stations.
Train movement factor significantly influenced the particles.


The construction of a new railway tunnel for commuter trains in Stockholm was completed in 2017. It included two modern stations (Odenplan and Stockholm City) with platform screen doors (PSD) and one old station (Stockholm Södra) without PSDs. This study evaluates the concentrations of airborne particulates for the new Odenplan station, focussing on the effects of traffic operation, system age and train movement. For comparison, the other two stations in the tunnel and an above-ground railway station (Solna) were also investigated. The new platform was clean before its opening for traffic (12 and 2 µg m–3 for average PM10 and PM2.5, respectively). Substantial increases in the PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations were observed after it came into service. The average levels of PM10 and PM2.5 increased to 120 and 30 µg m–3 after one week of operation, and increased again to 175 and 35 µg m–3 after 3 months. The train movement factor (traffic frequency and train stop period) was found to have a strong effect on the particle concentrations of coarse sizes (0.3–10 µm). Comparable levels of PM10 and PM2.5 were measured at both the new station and the old station where the traffic frequency was similar. For the other new station, which had half the traffic frequency, the PM10 and PM2.5 levels were substantially lower.


Platform air quality Railway tunnel New railway station Particulate matter Platform screen door

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