EN 16116-1:2022

Railway applications - Design requirements for steps, handrails and associated access for staff - Part 1: Passenger vehicles, vans and locomotives

Publication date:   Nov 15, 2022

General information

60.60 Standard published   Jul 27, 2022


CEN/TC 256 Railway applications

European Norm

45.060.20   Trailing stock



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This document specifies the minimum ergonomic and structural integrity requirements for steps and handrails used by staff to access the following heavy rail vehicles:
— passenger vehicles;
— vans;
— locomotives;
— power units of rolling stock;
— passenger-rated car carriers.
This document defines the required spaces necessary for shunter handrails and shunter’s stand and gives references for the required spaces necessary for handling of screw couplings with side buffers. For staff access, it defines footsteps, handrails and their dimensions and free spaces. To fulfil the requirements for loads which are applied by the staff, it defines dimensions and requirements for materials or design loads.
This document also defines the general requirements of steps and handrail for access to external equipment, for example windscreens, wipers or external lights.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Directive (EU) 2016/797 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union (Text with EEA relevance)

Life cycle


EN 16116-1:2013


EN 16116-1:2022
60.60 Standard published
Jul 27, 2022