DAA members, particularly those in the DAA Transport project may be interested to know the Department for Transport (DFT) published a consultation on Road safety (use of tactile paving surfaces) on 21 August 2015.
DFT is looking to improve its guidance (PDF) on tactile paving surfaces. Making them easier to use as a navigational tool and warning system. Ensuring designs are safer and comfortable for mobility impaired people.
DFT are seeking views on the following changes:
- relaxation of the requirement for the back edge of an area of blister paving to be horizontal to the crossing direction with 2 options.
- replacement of the requirement for blister paving at a controlled crossing to be red with a requirement for at least a 50% contrast ratio with the surrounding paving.
- introduce a universal requirement for the boundary between carriageway and footway to be marked with tactile paving wherever they are at the same level
- suggestions for crossing improvements.
The consultation closes at 13 November 2015 at 6pm.
You can find out more, including how to request a copy of the guidance in an alternative format, and how to respond by visiting the DFT website on Gov.UK here.