Asset Management

TGSI's on new Kerb Ramps - Transport/RMS or Council Responsibility

  • 1.  TGSI's on new Kerb Ramps - Transport/RMS or Council Responsibility

    Posted 14 May 2018 18:35
    It used to be the old practice or Transport/RMS to follow AS1742 and not install TGSI's at kerb ramps for new builds.
    This was until the Transport for NSW Disability Action Plan was published in 2012.

    http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/content/transport-nsw-disability-action-plan-2012-2017

    In that document it specifically states that it is RMS responsibility to install TGSI's for all new construction to meet DDA compliance and that this will be ongoing. The action plan states on page 35:

    Improve the walking and cycling environment for all users

    Ensure that all new road works undertaken by RMS affecting pedestrian crossing points or bus stops result in DDA compliance. Required features include audio push buttons, kerb ramps and tactile ground surface where required under AS1428.4.

    Actions

    Milestone/Indicator

     

    100% of new works are DDA compliant

    Timeframe

     

    Ongoing


    This is a clear and unarguable commitment from Transport which supersedes the AS1742 position.

    Importantly it is most definitely a requirement of current legislation to provide TGSI's on kerb ramps in order to meet DDA compliance. In the foreward of  AS1428.4.1 – 2009 it portrays the true intent of the Australian Standard to align with the intent of the DDA as it states:

    People with disabilities have the right to dignified, safe and independent access to the built environment.
    Approximately 330 000 Australians are blind or vision-impaired and many more have some reduction in the effectiveness of their sight, the majority of whom are over the age of 65 years. The ageing of Australia's population is expected to see the number of people with vision impairment double in 25 years. This Standard deals with the application of tactile ground surface indicators in the built environment. Application of this Standard will enhance the safety, dignity and independence with which people who are blind or vision impaired have access to the built environment.

    Section 1 also clearly states the intent of AS1428.4.1 – 2009

    1.1 SCOPE
    This Standard sets out requirements for the design and application of tactile indicators for new building work, to ensure safe and dignified mobility of people who are blind or vision impaired.
    1.2 APPLICATION
    1.2.1 General
    This Standard is applicable to the internal and external built environment, throughout Australia and New Zealand, in potentially hazardous situations such as stairs, ramps, kerb ramps and level transition between pedestrian access ways and vehicle carriageways.


    Q: Are RMS following through with their commitment and installing TGSI's ate all new builds? Are any other Councils questioning this if not?

    It would be interesting to know what the current situation is and whether or not this important planning document is actually being put into effect?

    Thanks
    David