Wagga Wagga Braille Wayfinding first for NSW
Wagga Wagga will be the first city in NSW to roll out braille wayfinding along an entire bus route to support vision-impaired customers.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new B-Pole signage was part of the NSW Government’s 16 Regional Cities Program which focuses on enhancing bus services across key locations in regional NSW.
“Public transport should be convenient for all community members, including those with vision impairments. This new braille wayfinding will make our network more inclusive, which is a key priority of the NSW Government,” Mr Toole said.
“Earlier this year, the NSW Government added 240 weekly services to the Wagga Wagga bus network and I’m pleased to announce that the 960 bus route will be the first route in the State to be equipped with braille B-pole signage end-to-end.
“The B-poles will feature consistent information at bus stops including a stop name, number, route, timetable and destinations."
Member of the Legislative Council Wes Fang MLC said the new B-poles and braille wayfinding marked a big step forward in making Wagga Wagga an inclusive transport network.
“I’m extremely excited that Wagga Wagga will be the first city in NSW to have braille wayfinding along the length of our main bus route,” Mr Fang said.
“Already 39 of the new B-Pole bus stops have been installed on the 960 route, which runs from Lake Albert to University via Kooringal and the Wagga Wagga CBD, with the remaining 15 B-Poles to installed from the beginning of August.
“This will make it easier for visitors and local residents to get around the city.”
Designed in NSW and Australian made, the new B-Pole signage has been developed working alongside key groups including Vision Australia, Guide Dogs Australia, and in consultation with local entities including Kurrajong Support Services.
Testing was undertaken to ensure the signage is both height accessible and readily identifiable to ensure maximum community benefit.
Mr Toole said the rollout of the new B-Poles will be rolled out in other regional NSW cities in the coming months.