A safer, stronger and more accessible kerb ramp for utilities to use during roadworks.
This is a collaborative project between UK Power Networks, Melba Swintex, University of East Anglia, Purple Reach and TfL, centred around the development and testing of a safer, stronger and more accessible kerb ramp for utilities to use during roadworks.
Development of this kerb ramp took an iterative approach, with the suppler Melba Swintex taking on feedback from both disabled pedestrians and field staff. Testing was performed using foam prototypes, until a final deisgn was agreed upon.
This final design was then tested with over 20 users with various disabilities.
This kerb ramp project is innovative for two reasons. Firstly, it makes kerbside ramps safer for all members of the public. Secondly, the iterative approach we used where industry consulted with end user groups, including wheelchair users and visually impaired people, early on ensured that development of the ramp achieved the right objectives.
We learned how we can make our streetworks safer for some of our most vulnerable customers. In addition we learned more about the value of co-creating good functional designs through early engagement with user groups.