Local railways to introduce raised lines for the visually impaired at 25 stations

Local railways to introduce raised lines for the visually impaired at 25 stations
Raised lines have already been introduced on the platforms at 53 stations in Moscow and the Moscow Region and there are plans to have them at all stations eventually.

Slightly raised safety lines for the visually impaired, also known as Schutz lines, will be introduced at 25 Moscow Region train stations by the end of the year. Fifty-three stations already have such lines. The press service at Central Suburban Passenger Company (TsPPK) said that the lines, made out of coloured tactile tiles, help visually impaired and blind passengers safely navigate on the platforms.

Schutz lines form small bumps that enable tactile navigation and are laid along the length of the platform, 0.5 metres from the edge. This way, people can find their way about, feeling the line with a cane or the soles of their shoes. The lines are painted yellow, which helps visually impaired people to see where the platform ends.  

“There are plans to put these lines for the visually impaired at all of the stations served by TsPPK as part of the planned modernisation programme,” the press service said.

Moscow and the Moscow Region have 565 suburban train stations. Work is currently underway to upgrade platforms and bring them up to standard.

Schutz lines will be installed at the following stations by the end of 2017:

Paveletsky line:

— Rastorguyevo;

— Leninskaya;

Kievskaya line:

— Nara.

Gorkovsky line:

— Elektrougli;

— Pavlovsky Posad.

Yaroslavskoye line:

— Mytishchi;

— Voronok;

— Monino;

— Pushkino.

Belorusskoye line:

— Mozhaisk.

Kurskoye line:

— Podolsk;

— Serpukhov.

Savyolovskoye line:

— Iksha;

— Katuar.

Kazanskoye line:

— Lyubertsy-1;

— Kurovskaya;

— Ilyinskaya;

— Otdykh;

— 42nd kilometre;

— Fabrichnaya;

— Ramenskoye;

— 88th kilometre;

— Kolomna;

— Golutvin;

— Lukhovitsy.