Reported Design Processes for Accessibility in Rail Transport

Richard Herriott, Sharon Cook

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review


Accessibility is a fundamental requirement in public transport (PT) yet there exists little research on design for accessibility or inclusive design (ID) in this area. This paper sets out to discover what methods are used in the rail sector to achieve accessibility goals and to examine how far these methods deviate from user-centred and ID norms. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine rolling stock producers, operators and design consultancies. The purpose was to determine if ID design methods are used explicitly and the extent to which the processes used conformed to ID (if at all). The research found that the role of users in the design process of manufacturers was limited and that compliance with industry standards was the dominant means to achieving accessibility goals. Design consultancies were willing to apply more user-centred design if the client requested it. Where operators were in charge of the design process, accessibility was addressed more comprehensively, with mixed results. The work suggests that the more the design process is divided among actors and geographic space, the harder it is to integrate users.
TitelInclusive Designing
RedaktørerPat Langdon, Ann Heylighen, Jonathan Lazar, Hua Dong
Antal sider10
Publikationsdatomaj 2014
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-319-05094-2
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-319-05095-9
StatusUdgivet - maj 2014

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