The paper explains the nature of the accessibility problem with respect to making bus stops fully accessible and reports on two aspects of the design: the needs of buses and their drivers and the needs of the passengers. The paper reports the results from empirical work at full-scale experimental facility from which EXCALIBUR has drawn up design specifications to assist bus drivers to approach the bus stop platform within the narrow limits required of fully accessible systems. Complementary design specifications have also been suggested which facilitate the use of the bus system by people with various mobility problems.
A small number of bus stops are being constructed in London which reflect a variety of different operating circumstances and design constraints. The paper will report both design issues and the preliminary results of the monitoring of these defined limits so that it can be fully accessible. Amongst these elements are the approach and exit paths of the buses and the detailed design of the infrastructure at the bus stops themselves.
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