Studie av taktila plattor & vinterunderhållet av dessa
Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
In a globalized society, movement of people and goods play a key role foreconomy and wealth. In order to avoid discrimination, segregation andalienation each and every individual citizen needs to be able to participate inthe globalization. This increases the number of times that people have to travel.For a large number of groups of individuals, i.e. blind persons and persons withvisual impairment, this is a large challenge which might be hard to tackle bythemselves.Tactile paving is one of many ways to increase the accessibility andindependency for this group of people. These plates are used to form guidancesurfaces were natural guidance doesn´t exists, for example on platforms whichlack wall or other edges. When the tactile paving are used on platforms theysuffer great wear due to the maintenance caused by the outside weatherconditions.Maintaining the tactile paving during the winter is necessary in order tokeep any of its function. Therefore this project has aimed to find the socioeconomicrelation between maintenance cost, life time and construction costs fortactile pavers and the economic gain from increased accessibility.The work has been characterized by information gathering but astocktaking of the railway stations in the region has also been a part of theproject. The region includes the counties of Norr- and Västerbotten in Sweden,which also forms the geographical limitations of this project.This work has shown that today the maintenance of the tactile paving onstation platforms are surrounded by huge difficulties. The task of keeping thepaving's full functionality during the winter is considered hard for theindividual worker. The problem seems to be slightly unknown to managementwith the responsibility no longer are theirs. This lack of power of action may beseen as the core to the issue concerning tactile pavers today.When the question of the existence of tactile paving on platforms is broughtup with the visually disabled community, it seems like this issue is such a smallpart of their lives that they don't have any strict opinion about it.The socio-economic analysis that has been conducted during the projectreveals that a large number of daily passengers are required to justify tactilepaving. Due to problems of finding exact values for the analysis manyassumptions have been made. Therefore the result of 330 passengers per dayshould be seen as maximum threshold value. Station with a greater number ofpassengers should have tactile paving from a socio-economic perspective.This project is a part of a field where few earlier studies have been made,probably due to that winter maintenance of tactile paving is a rather newphenomena. The lack of preview work has made it to come to certainconclusions. The absence of knowledge also stretches to people who are workingwithin the field and this might lead to low communication among professionalswhich might be the core issue to why platforms do not provide the amount ofaccessibility today as they meant to.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 58 p.
Teknik, tillgänglighet, samhällsekonomi, synskadade, perronger, ledstråk
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-53643Local ID: aa48931b-eff7-4ad6-b4c6-250b372f362dOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-53643DiVA: diva2:1027018
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Architectural Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20150616 (global_studentproject_submitter)2016-10-042016-10-04Bibliographically approved