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

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

Received: June 19, 2018
Revised: October 8, 2018
Accepted: October 9, 2018
Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2018.06.0225  

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Cha, Y., Tu, M., Elmgren, M., Silvergren, S. and Olofsson, U. (2019). Variation in Airborne Particulate Levels at a Newly Opened Underground Railway Station. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 19: 737-748. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2018.06.0225


  • 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 at the new Odenplan station, focusing 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 prior to opening for traffic (the average concentration of PM10 and PM2.5 was 12 and 2 µg m–3, respectively). Substantial increases in the PM10 and PM2.5 levels were observed after it came into service, with the average concentrations increasing to 120 and 30 µg m–3 after 1 week and then to 175 and 35 µg m–3 after 3 months of operation. The train movement factor (traffic frequency and train stopping period) was found to have a strong effect on the coarse-sized particle concentrations (0.3–10 µm). Comparable levels of PM10 and PM2.5 were measured at both the new Odenplan station and the old station, where the amount of traffic was similar. For the other new station, Stockholm City, where traffic was only half as frequent, the PM10 and PM2.5 levels were substantially lower.

Keywords: Platform air quality; Railway tunnel; New railway station; Particulate matter; Platform screen door.


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