Posts Tagged ‘DDA compliance’

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 […]

All aboard the train replacement accessible taxi

With works all over the rail network, train replacement buses have been a familiar sight around Melbourne. But in recent times something new has appeared alongside them – train replacement accessible taxis. Thankfully inaccessible high floor buses are becoming a thing of the past – on paper the bulk of buses are now accessible to […]

Why are Melbourne railway footbridges so high?

You might have noticed something about Melbourne’s railway station footbridges – they are bloody high, with long ramps and stairs leading up to them. So why do they need to be so high above the tracks?

EDI Comeng train arrives into Sunshine station on the up