New safety crossing to help the blind leads straight into glass WINDOW

December 4, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

A bungling council has installed a new ‘safetycrossing for blind people on a pavement which leads – straight into a plate glass WINDOW.

The safety crossing leads straight to a window (SWNS Group)

The safety crossing leads straight to a window (SWNS Group)

The 15m long parallel lines of raised silver bands – called tactile bars – were put near a busy road with the aim of helping blind people find a nearby pedestrian crossing.

But the lines stop at least 5m away from the road and the other end leads straight into the full length window of a furniture shop in Gloucester.

Gloucestershire County Council claims the markings are the ‘most effective’ design.

But they have been branded “totally ridiculous” by partially-sighted people.

Guide dog user and Army veteran Ray Peart, 68, who lost his sight serving in Northern Ireland, said he has had numerous problems crossing the busy road.

SWNS_BLIND_PATH_02He said: “What a waste of money.

“Those lines are supposed to help blind people find a safe crossing but this will be very confusing.

“They will not give any indication where the crossing is.”

The new ‘safety feature’ has been installed as part of a £5.5million project to create a ‘shared space’ linking Gloucester Docks with the city centre.

The design of the area has already been criticised as dangerous for all pedestrians, and recently a ‘courtesy crossing‘ was introduced in a bid to ease the problem.

Gloucestershire County Council area highways manager Jason Humm said the authority had worked alongside disability groups to develop the scheme.

He said: “I would like to thank them for their input in ensuring that the current measures we have put in place were the most effective for people who are visually-impaired.

“We listened to the suggestions and the feedback they have now given us is extremely positive.

“With regards to the design, the tactile bars act as a tool for people who are visually-impaired and the reason they lead directly to a shop is to allow people who have sight problems to use the building outline to help guide their journey across.”

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