Given this tragedy at Eden Park, surely all platforms, including those on heritage railways, should have tactile surfaces.
He wasn’t using a stick, but a white painted walking aid.How often do blind people fall on to tracks, are there figures.
were there any special circumstances in this case which prevented the man finding the edge with his stick, and was he expecting to feel tactile paving and did this expectation lead to the accident.
Could this be a case of safety measures causing the opposite of what is intended?
A rushed rollout of tactile surfaces would be particularly likely to have this problem adding extra trip hazards to the platforms.Tactile surfaces might, for example, prevent one death every ten years from a visually impaired person, but cause one death every ten years due to the bumpy nature causing a trip by an elderly person
Which is an issue raised in the report for NR et al to consider.Adding Tactile Surfacing to existing platforms without them would be classed as Enhancement works not Maintenance therefore would require specific DaFT funding