Bristol Temple Meads railway station is the main transport hub of the city of Bristol, but many commuters may have noticed; there is no platform 14. Instead, the platforms skip from 13 to 15. So what happened to platform 14? In 1965 it was turned into a panel and signal box controlling 280 signals and becoming the largest signal box on the UK rail network at the time.
Platform 14 is a location-based mobile game where players pick a carriage of their incoming train and attempt to predict where their carriage will stop at their given platform. Players are rewarded with “savvy transporter” points for correct estimations, which they can then exchange for travel credit within the city of Bristol.
Using proximity sensors fitted to the underside of the track-side platforms, the number of carriages attached to an incoming train and the length of these carriages, Platform 14 is able to pinpoint where each carriage begins and ends when the train has arrived. Players pick a carriage and stand in position awaiting their train, whilst their phone’s GPS position is recieved to determine if they have guessed correctly.
This project was for a Bristol City Council brief to encourage play in and around Bristol.