What is an accessible station?
Right from the station forecourt… Indeed, right from the entrance to the station, accessibility must be taken into account. For taxis and other vehicles, parking facilities must be provided as well as pick-up facilities for people with reduced mobility. The route to bus, metro and tram stations is also made accessible and their functions adapted to different types of disability. Travellers are provided with facilities to assist them in their travels. A marking system installed on the ground prevents them from bumping into obstacles such as benches, posts or other urban facilities.
The final stage of access to trains!
Ease of access to trains is obviously the most important issue for railway stations. In order to facilitate this access, guide strips, paving stones and stair nosings are essential products to make paths accessible to all.
To facilitate access to platforms, many stations have either stairs, escalators or slopes. In order to inform the visually impaired user of the risk this presents, it is compulsory to place paving stones. This is also useful for everyone, as the fact of walking on the slab’s studs challenges the user and thus warns of the risk of the staircase.
Here are some examples of how our products can be used at staircase level:
This device complies with an accessibility standard, NF P98-351, which is valid for all establishments receiving the public (ERP), in order to facilitate access to the public space for visually impaired people. You can find our complete accessibility guide on our website: www.proople.eu
Accessibility is about preventing risk, but it is also about getting users from point A to point B safely. Hence the importance of the guide strips shown in the following diagram.
The greatest danger in a station is the tracks on which the trains run. It is therefore essential to mark them out with prodoctible tiles. This device is again useful for everyone and creates a safe distance from the edge of the platform.
In France, the SNCF is committed to making train travel more accessible every year, but there is still a long way to go, as many stations have not yet been equipped.