Project: WARNING SYSTEMS FOR SENSORY IMPAIRED PEOPLE ON TRAINS

Reference: UG533

Last update: 17/11/2005 11:01:56

Objectives

The main objectives is to establish whether the existing requirement is useful to visually impaired people and if so to examine:

- The type of sounds used
- How the sound is best projected on the outside of the vehicle
- Whether different tones should be used in different locations
- What system might be used to assist hearing impaired passengers

Description

The regulation 4 (3) of the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (RVAR) stipulates that a distinct sound be emitted when a door of the vehicle becomes operable, is about to close. The audible warning is intended to assist visually impaired passengers to locate the door of the vehicle; to indicate to them that they can open the door; and to warn them when the door is about to close.

Contractor(s)

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £56,115.00

Actual start date: 22 March 2004

Actual completion date: 31 August 2005

Publication(s)

Train door warning systems for sensory impaired people
Author: TRL
Publication date: 17/11/2005
Source: DfT website
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyou/access/rail/vehicles/pubs/research/tdws