A few months ago I first looked at the delayed rollout of LED next train displays around Melbourne railway stations, the uselessness of the green buttons that serve as their substitute around the rest of the network, and the difficulties it presents to the disabled.
Over at Southern Cross they have put a little more effort into their timetable information / emergency assistance intercom, with braille text being added alongside the normal instructions.
Unfortunately the usefulness of the braille translation is debatable, as a commenter on an earlier blog post of mine has pointed out:
If you can read braille and you look at the braille underneath the text on the emergency assistance panels on each platform at Southern Cross you’ll find that the braille reads *exactly* the same as the text i.e. “Press the *green* button for timetable information, press the *red* button for emergency assistance” which is of course *really* useful if you’re blind, one suggests that Left and Right would have been better choices…
Here is a closer look for those playing at home.
With “Press green button” translating to the following in braille:
Press green button
Yes – the sign may meet the Disability Discrimination Act requirements, but the usefulness of it is debatable.