Guidance path surface guides visually impaired people along a route when the traditional cues, such as a property line or kerb edge, are not available.
Guidance path surface guides visually impaired people along a route when the traditional cues, such as a property line or kerb edge, are not available. It can also be used to guide people around obstacles, for example street furniture in a pedestrianised area. The surface has been designed so that people can be guided along the route either by walking on the tactile surface or by maintaining contact with a long cane.
To maximise effectiveness, the surface should be used sparingly and only after consultation with relevant local groups.
The tiles are made from a hard wearing stone and resin composite, moulded to create paving which will outperform equivalent concrete product. Tests conducted at the Transport Research Laboratory on product conditioned at 40oC found no measurable loss in height at the end of a scuffing test.
Building Investigation and Testing Services (Redhill) conducted a comparative wear test against a concrete blister slab and found the tactile paving had a wear resistance 7 times greater than the equivalent concrete product.
Installation of the tactile surface system is both rapid & straightforward and is achieved using a colour matched, two-part adhesive. No excavation is ever required. Small surface irregularities can be covered with the adhesive to ensure no cavities are left beneath the tiles. The tiles can be easily cut to follow kerb lines or to accommodate ramps and drain covers. They naturally deform over cambered, curved areas.
For example, a typical installation to both sides of a controlled pedestrian crossing can be completed in less than 2 hours, reducing disruption to the public. Large areas e.g. railway platforms, can be achieved in overnight/possession times. The tactile surface system can be laid on concrete, tarmac and steel surfaces using either standard urethane adhesive or the moisture tolerant epoxy system.
400mm2 available in buff, charcoal, grey and hazard yellow