The role of industry, key to designing 100% accessible trips

The Spanish railway industry plays a key role in this path towards the design and provision of an infrastructure and rolling stock completely adapted to the needs of each passenger

This network of companies contributes its solutions and the most avant-garde advances to make the different accessibility plans of administrations around the world a reality. The products, services, and technology they have developed make it possible for users to have at their disposal a transport of simple use, comfortable for any type of travel, and free of barriers.

One of its main characteristics is that they make available to the market a wide range of products and technological developments that covers all the requirements, specifications and demands of infrastructure managers, operators, and service coordinating companies. These solutions range from the design stage of new lines, drafting of projects for the modernisation of networks and stations, to the supply of the most diverse elements and systems.

◗ COMPLEMENTARY ACCESSIBILITY MEASURES

  • Tactile-visual ceramic flooring
  • Non-slip and photo-luminescent strips
  • Panels with high relief and Braille in lifts
  • Setback protections
  • Obstacle signalling
  • Easy opening systems in screen doors
  • Ischial supports on platforms and departure lounges
  • Braille labels on stair banisters
  • Folding tables in rolling stock
  • Communication intercoms
  • Escalators
  • Lifts
  • Information and ticketing systems

Braille Guide

Another of the actions of the sector to advance in terms of accessibility is the collaboration with entities that represent handicapped/disabled groups to continue introducing improvements that facilitate their travel by train. In this sense, the first Metro Braille Guide, designed by the Spanish National Organisation of the Blind (ONCE), has been recently presented.

The purpose of this initiative, which is currently available on Madrid Metro is to offer blind or visually impaired passengers the public transport network with greater safety, while at the same time aiming to be an exceptional tool for use in programmes to promote the autonomy of school children with this disability.

 

Screens with audible information on the position of the vehicles

Some stations on the railway network already have new information screens whose function will be to indicate to passengers the exact location in which the train cars are placed on the platforms. Thanks to them, passengers know in advance the exact point of the platform where the vehicle will be parked, facilitating its access not only to blind people or those with reduced mobility, but also to other travellers.

App with real-time information

Another point in which work is being done to improve accessibility is the creation of applications that provide information in real time. This is how the Renfe Cercanías application ‘Accessibility and Real Time’ stands out, which, through a search engine, offers the possibility of selecting accessible stations and of showing, in the stretch of line chosen for the trip, which trains are accessible in the different timetables.