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Universal access tested on Go! Durban’s prototype station
​Musa Ngcobo, who works for the Transport Management
Centre at the EThekwini Transport Authority helps test
the control access points for people in wheelchairs at the
GO!Durban station at Regent Street, New Germany.
UNIVERSAL access on GO!Durban’s prototype station, which is part of the Integrated Public  Transport Network’s C3 route, has been tested to ensure that the facility caters for the diverse needs of commuters.

The station is situated at the intersection of Regent Street and Qashana Khuzwayo Road in New Germany, west of eThekwini. Head of EThekwini Transport Authority Thami Manyathi said GO!Durban stations are currently being built along the first route running from Pinetown to
KwaMashu. “These stations will be what is globally known as “universal access” compliant.

This means that people with disabilities such as hearing or visual impairments as well as people in wheelchairs, including the elderly, people with babies in prams, or with bicycles will have easy access into the stations and buses,” he said. The pavements leading into the stations and walkways into the control entrances will have tactile paving indicating where to walk. Manyathi added that voice prompts as well as visual prompts within the station and on buses will also be a feature.

“Wider access points will also mean easier travel for those in wheelchairs or those with prams. The control access points within the station, comprising turnstiles and a glass tile wide gate for those with disabilities, especially those in wheelchairs and pushing prams were recently tested by two people in wheelchairs,” he explained. During the testing of the prototype station, technicians and experts were on site to obtain feedback and test the timings to ensure that easy access is achieved.

silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za 
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