Disabled woman at Swiss station, source: SBB

680 Swiss stations will become accessible for disabled people

Around 580 railway stations in Switzerland will be modernised while 100 stations will be adapted by 2023 to become accessible for people with reduced mobility. Such measures allow doubling the number of stations fit for disabled passengers from the current 41 per cent to 80 per cent.

The action accomplishment will cost 3.6 billion Swiss Francs (3.2 billion Euros). It will be implemented by the Swiss Federal Office of Transport together with railway operators and with the umbrella organization for disabled people. The action will be divided into several stages. Thus, 180 projects will be prepared until mid-2019 while others need some additional clarification.

Today and tomorrow

Switzerland adopted the Disability Discrimination Act in 2004. Ten years later, the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs commissioned an evaluation of the law implementation in various fields. In 2016, the Swiss Federal Office of Transport announced that only 35 per cent of the 1,800 country’s railway stations are fit for disabled people.

The today index is 41 per cent with 59-per cent share of passenger traffic. By 2023, the transport authority expects to solve the question mostly. 80 per cent of stations will become convenient for passengers with reduced mobility. They will serve 84 per cent of passengers running by trains.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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