[access-uk] way-finding systems for the new Norwich Bus Station FW:

  • From: "Barry Hill" <bbinc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 12:56:35 -0000

Hi all
Mark Smith, Equipment and Information Centre advisor at Norfolk & Norwich
Association for the Blind, is investigating way-finding systems for the new
Norwich Bus Station which underwent major re-development a couple of years
ago and now consists of a number of bays with poor signage, a large open
plan area and a generally noisy environment. 

The local Passenger Transport Unit is arranging with RNIB for a
demonstration of the talking REACT signs which may help blind and partially
sighted bus passengers to navigate their way around the bus station. A
talking tactile map showing the layout of the bus station is also being
looked at. In order for the County Council to bid for the funding, they are
keen to know if there are any other local societies (particularly in East
Anglia) using this system. 


Mark is aware of talking bus stops in Brighton, talking signs in Hampshire
and the REACT system in Birmingham, but wonders if there are others? He
would be interested to hear from any other local societies who have the
REACT system in their area. He would like to know 

* About how the system operates 

* if visually impaired people are charged for the key fobs, which activate
the talking signs. 

* If blind or partially sighted people are charged, what are the charges?

* How the systems of issuing the key fobs is administered and if this is
undertaken by local societies or mobility shops?


Any feedback would be much appreciated 






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