Improving access to stations is Kee
According to a recent survey, there are over 11million people in the UK who are classed as disabled.
This poses a problem to the various businesses in the UK as the Equality Act 2010 states that measures must be in place as to not discriminate against disabled people, this means significant changes must be made in places such as Public buildings, hospitals, schools and train stations, where access by wheelchair was difficult, if not impossible.
Without suitable access, train stations in particular are problematic as many have been well established and may not have adequate access in particular to wheelchair users, in 2006 an initiative has been launched and the “access for all” project was funded to update railway facilities to provide improved access to all members of the public throughout the railway network.
Our Kee Access system is ideal for these retrofits, not only is it a fully DDA system, it complies to every requirement by the equality act, where new sections of handrail are needed, we can provide a system to match the unique requirement of most handrail problems, being modular in nature, on the fly adjustments can be made without having to weld nor involving the use of specialist tools, retrofit is also an option using our “add-on” fittings which allow you to clamp onto existing railing and structures to convert this into a complaint handrail.
Kee Access is widely used around the UK’s train stations and installations can be found at London Bridge, Keighley in Yorkshire and Hayle in Cornwall to enable easy access to stairwells, platforms or ramps.
A Senior Construction Manager at GRAMM Interlink Rail commented: “The Kee Access range meets the specification provided by the DDA. It’s also a solution that’s quick and easy to put together, making it a very cost-effective approach”.
Safety remains the key driver behind the specification of handrailing and guardrailing. Given the requirements of The Equality Act, all railway stations should aim to have a handrail system installed from which children, the elderly, the disabled and even able-bodied adults can benefit.