Railway stations ‘mapped’ for visually impaired passengers

Sussex are taking accessibility to the next level for some of their railway stations. The improvements implemented to make the stations more accessible to blind and visually impaired travelers include some great looking tactile maps manufactured by the Royal National Institute of Blind People, higher contrast markings on stairs and public address system quality upgrades. 

I love to see public transportation accessibility being upgraded. I live in the United States and I wish there were more programs to increase the accessibility and functionality of public transportation here. Granted our transportation infrastructure is nowhere near the UK in terms of quality and functionality, but we can strive to get there. Better quality maps, and higher contest marking for stairs are beneficial to all riders. I really like the improvement of the public address system. Its a simple thing, but making it easier to understand which trains are arriving and departing can reduce stress on all riders, not just the hearing and vision impaired. As they continue to improve their mapping and accessibility for the railway stations I will report back. In the meantime, here is a list of the currently upgraded stations. 

Stations in the south to benefit from the investment

  • Brighton- Update of tactile maps

  • Crawley – ramp enhancements

  • Goring by Sea – stairs enhancement

  • Haywards Heath – update of tactile maps

  • Shoreham – stairs enhancement

  • Three Bridges -New ticket gate wide enough for wheelchairs, buggies and people with luggage

  • Worthing – stairs enhancement

You ca read more about the improvements they are making at the link below. 

https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2021-05-16/sussex-railway-stations-mapped-for-visually-impaired-passengers

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