STAND raised the issue of people tripping up in Tontine Street because there was little visual difference between the road and the kerb after the new paving had been completed.
At the STAND meeting on 28th Jan 2014 the Council have agreed with us and they said that they will put metal studs along the pavement edge to rectify this problem. We will let you know when this has been done. Meanwhile take great care in Tontine Street.
I have been asked to provide an update regarding the new paving in Tontine Street / Percy Street.
The design for the scheme was undertaken with the aim of accommodating the needs of a wide variety of users as required by legislation covering new schemes proposals. Considerable research into design guidance from Department for Transport, Guide Dogs UK and other sources was carried out as well as consultation involving disability groups and visits to similar schemes in other cities to inform the layout and choice of materials. The installation of the 60mm kerb face wherever possible was something blind and partially sighted users are particularly keen on being provided and a dark granite was used at the kerb line to provide a contrast between the footways and the carriageway. Although the kerb and adjacent channel are the same material there is a visible difference between the two with a contrast in the units sizes used.
Independent road safety audits carried out at both design stage and following completion have not raised any issues with the design and choice of materials however we have been made aware of similar concerns and trip incidents by a number of people. As a result work started last week on the installation of hazard markings along the kerb edge using stainless steel discs inlaid into the granite kerb. We shall continue to monitor the situation following the installation of the markers.
Andy Norman | Senior Engineer
Highway & Structural Engineering | City Renewal | Place Management | Roads and Engineering
City of Stoke-on-Trent
Reception 2, Highways & Transportation, Regent Centre, Regent Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3EG
t. 01782 232165