Posts Tagged ‘DDA compliance’

When is a platform tram stop not accessible?

Last week I had a look at tram stops that are triply inaccessible – where the only way to leave the tram stop is a set of stairs. But there is another feature of tram stop platforms that render them inaccessible – inconsistent platform heights. A tale of legacy platform stops Melbourne has a number […]

Melbourne’s triply inaccessible tram stops

The inaccessibility of Melbourne’s tram network is well known, thanks to hundreds of high floor trams still making up the fleet and modern low floor trams still using old fashioned street level tram stops. However there is a handful of tram stops that have a third level of inaccessibility – the only way to access […]

Filling the gap between the carriages

For many year the gap between the train and the platform has been of concern to safety regulators. But there is another gap that people can also fall down – that between the carriages. Mind the gap This can be seen on Melbourne’s fleet of Siemens trains. The carriages are linked by rubber intercarriage gangeways. […]

V/Line’s sorry history of inaccessible trains

Since the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1992 transport operators are required to provide equal access to all passengers – but for V/Line they still have some way to go, with a number of missteps along the way. Trouble on the tracks V/Line has a major issue with inaccessible trains. Ray, Warnambool: In […]

V/Line spending big on rail replacement taxis

When trains aren’t running V/Line passengers are used to being packed onboard replacement buses, but there is an even more expensive mode of substitute transport that V/Line makes regular use of – taxis! I first became aware of it years ago when a mate who uses a mobility scooter tried to travel to Seymour on […]