RNIB launches tactile paving petition
Author: Yiannis Kotoulas
A petition calling for tactile paving to be installed at all railway stations has been launched by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
The petition’s launch follows the release of a Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report that found a lack of tactile paving at Eden Park Station contributed to the death of a blind person last year.
RNIB’s head of social change, Sarah Lambert, commented: ‘Tactile paving is not just an accessibility measure, it is fundamental to the health and safety of passengers and pedestrians.’
RAIB’s report also highlighted that up to 15% of accidents involving people falling onto railway tracks are blind or partially sighted.
Commenting on the Eden Park Station incident, Lambert added: ‘Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident and we know of a number of other occurrences – including at least two more fatalities – where the lack of tactile paving may have contributed to blind or partially sighted people falling onto railway tracks. This cannot be allowed to continue.’
To sign the petition visit rnib.in/RNIBPetitionRailways