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Replacement of tactile indicators keep our public spaces inclusive

Railway Stations across Sydney are in the process of replacing tactile ground surface indicators, allowing those with vision impairments to travel safer and smarter.

Work has begun across the entire Sydney Trains network, reinforcing the importance in ensuring our public spaces are inclusive for all.

Tactile indicators provide cues to individuals with vision impairments, indicating changes in pathways, intersections, and potential hazards. Unfortunately, over time indicators can be worn away or vandalised, posing a major safety risk for those with vision impairments.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, said following his representations to the Minister for Transport, tactile surface indicators at Mortdale have now been replaced.

“After network-wide assessments last year under the former government, an active program remains in place to repair damaged tactile indicators across the entire network,” Mr Coure said.

“The former Liberal National Government made significant investments into making our public transport network more accessible; I appreciate the new Government is also committed to continuing this work.”

“I also greatly appreciate the work of Jennifer Parry, Chair of the Georges River Council Access and Inclusion Committee, ensure issues like this to my attention so we can fix them as soon as possible.” Mr Coure said.

Ms Parry thanked Mr Coure for his advocacy on this matter, noting it’s a reminder to the entire community to write to their local council or MP if they see worn down or missing tactile indicators.

"As a vision impaired member of our community, I know firsthand the challenges that can arise when navigating public spaces. Tactile indicators not only ensure safety but also empower individuals to confidently navigate busy streets, and of course our train network.” Ms Parry said.