A side platform is a platform positioned to the side of a pair of tracks at a railway station, tram stop, or transitway. Dual side platform stations, one for each direction of travel, is the basic station design used for double-track railway lines (as opposed to, for instance, the island platform where a single platform lies between the tracks). Side platforms may result in a wider overall footprint for the station compared with an island platform where a single width of platform can be shared by riders using either track. In some stations, the two side platforms are connected by a footbridge running above and over the tracks. While a pair of side platforms is often provided on a dual-track line, a single side platform is usually sufficient for a single-track line. Layout
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Where the station is close to a level crossing (grade crossing) the
platforms may either be on the same side of the crossing road or
alternatively may be staggered in one of two ways. With the 'near-side
platforms' configuration, each platform appears before the
intersection and with 'far-side platforms' they are positioned after
In some situations a single side platform can be served by multiple
vehicles simultaneously with a scissors crossing provided to allow
access mid-way along its length.
Most stations with two side platforms have an 'Up' platform which is
used by trains heading towards the primary destination of the line,
with the other platform being the 'Down' platform which takes trains
heading the opposite way. Normally, the main facilities of the station
are located on the 'Up' platform with the other platform accessed from
a footbridge, subway or a track crossing. However, in many cases the
station's main buildings are located on whichever side faces the town
or village the station serves.
Larger stations may have two side platforms with several island
platforms in between. Some are in a
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