Network Rail have awarded Complete Paving Requirements (Scotland) Ltd, known as CPR, a contract to install tactile surfaces across several stations in Scotland. CPR are a Tier 1 contractor for surfacing to Network Rail and highly experienced in the supply and lay of tactile surfaces.
The installation of tactile surfaces is a standardised method which assists those with visual impairment to have safe navigation throughout the UK’s rail infrastructure. Tactile surfaces indicators are an important passenger safety measure on rail infrastructure such as platforms, staircases, entrances and exits. They can be utilised in many other areas such as zebra crossings, car parks and pavements to help those with visual impairment navigate safely through the station.
These smart surfaces include paving with blisters or ‘corduroy’ lines placed at passenger edge of a crossing or platform, dropped kerbs, non-slip surfaces on stairs, delineation at corners, and guidance slips at junctions.
CPR Rail Division will install the tactile surfaces in two phases. Phase 1 will run from January to April 2022 and Phase 2 is expected to begin in May 2022. The works will take place at multiple stations across the Scotland Route including in the Highlands and Central Belt.