TACTILE SURFACING GUIDELINES

Tactile surfacing is used to warn those with visual impairments or disabilities of upcoming hazards – usually kerb edges, crossings, platforms or stairs. The government has set out several guidelines for the design and implementation of blister and corduroy tactile surfacing which all Polydeck installations adhere to. We have created this page to deliver the key facts and information that may be applicable to you.

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Corduroy Tactile Surfaces

Corduroy tactile surfaces comprise of raised lines that warn pedestrians of an upcoming hazard. Corduroy tactiles are required at: the top and bottom of staircases and steps; at level crossings; at the approach to on-street light rapid transit (LRT) platforms; where a footway joins a shared route. It is recommended that corduroy tactile surfaces are of a strong contrasting colour to the surrounding surface, except red which is limited to the use of blister tactiles at uncontrolled crossing points.

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Blister Tactile Surfaces

Blister tactiles comprise of rows of flat-topped blisters interspersed at a set width to ensure the surface is as comfortable and effective as possible to walk on. In most cases blister tactiles are required to be of a strong contrasting colour to the surrounding surface to assist the visually impaired. At uncontrolled crossing points blister tactiles must be red.

Corduroy tactile surfaces must legally adhere to the following measurements:

Corduroy tactile guidelines

The layout of blister surfacing as specified by the government should be the following:

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