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July 2019

Designing accessible transport for all

For those who have disabilities, be those mental or physical, the prospect of using public transport can be a daunting but often necessary one.

Without the use of their own car or a friend, family member or carer to drive them, many vulnerable people rely on their local bus service to get them to the shops, to their healthcare appointments, or even just to see friends. A local bus service becomes more than just a means for getting around, but the key to battling loneliness and maintaining good health.

With this in mind, it is paramount that we ensure that all our buses are as safe and inclusive as possible.

Reflect on colour choice

Pairing different colours together can either help or hinder the accessibility of your design, depending on where they are used. Two contrasting colours with a difference in light reflectance values of more than 30 are great for highlighting a hazard, such as a step or a wheel arch, to help those with visual impairments navigate the vehicle safely. Conversely, however, designs that incorporate contrasting colours across the floor can cause confusion, as the stark change from dark to light can look like a drop, step or hole in the floor where there is none.

To find the light reflectance values of our transport floors, click the colour swatch you’re interested in on the product page. The LRV, amongst other important information for that particular colour, will be listed on the zoomed in swatch which will appear.

This isn’t to say, of course, that you’re restricted to a single colour floor throughout your vehicle. As long as your chosen colours are within 30 LRV points of each other, they will cause less confusion. Why not have a look at the colour range in Altro Transflor Meta¸ where all the colours are within a 30 LRV point range?

Want to check? View your colour choices in grayscale to get a sense of what they may look like to somebody with dementia.
Altro Transflor Meta in Storm

Altro Transflor Meta - Storm

Altro Transflor Meta in Torino

Altro Transflor Meta - Torino

Altro Transflor Meta - Storm (grayscale)

Altro Transflor Meta - Torino (grayscale)

Surface value

The surface look of your chosen floor is also important. A finish which is too shiny or glossy may appear wet or slippery and cause nervousness to those unsteady on their feet. A reliable safety credential is also important. We recommend that you look for a pendulum test result of 36 or higher to rest safe in the knowledge that your passengers’ risk of slipping is one in a million.

Look to Altro to help you design an inclusive, accessible bus interior to help give independence and a safe, welcoming experience for all who travel on the bus network. Contact us and get in touch with your local representative to see how we can help you!

To find out more design recommendations for designing for dementia, read the recommendations from the HBN 08-02 here.

Posted: 10/07/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments

A safe system for good design

Each area of an intercity train has different needs and uses, and good design will reflect this. This year, we’ve been exploring ways in which Altro can help you save weight across your train set. We also firmly believe that a saving on weight doesn’t have to mean scrimping on performance – after all, the best things come in small packages.

We’ve shown below how you can use the whole Altro rail portfolio to make sure each area of your train performs to its highest capability.



As the area where passengers get on and off the train, where excess luggage is stored, and where passengers might stand on busy services, the vestibule takes a pounding. With the risk of water being tracked inside on wet or snowy days and spilled drinks or other contaminants, this area needs to be able to stand up to slip resistance regulations and be easy to clean.

We suggest: Altro Transflor Tungsten

Why? Altro Transflor Tungsten is a tough floor with excellent slip resistance, and equipped with Altro Easyclean technology for ease of cleaning. Choose a darker colour to hide any dirt tracked in, but why not try Vortex or Firestorm, which are black with coloured quartz crystals?



The toilet is often a small area, but needs to make a good impression. With the risk of contaminants, and passengers on their feet while the train is moving, providing a good level of slip resistance is paramount. A chipped or textured design to help hide dirt is also a good idea.

We suggest: Altro Transflor Met

Why? Altro Transflor Met offers a good slip resistance rating (PTV ≥36), with a choice of a chipped or quartz finish, and is protected by Altro Easyclean technology for stain resistance. Choose your own colour to blend in or match your livery. We would also recommend using our kit cutting service to make installation even easier.



Here is your opportunity to go wild with design and create the interior to make your passengers feel at home. The flooring can’t just look good, it needs to offer the right level of safety and be resistant to stains and odours.

We suggest: Altro Transflor Met

Why? With Altro Transflor Met you’ve got design possibilities as wide as your imagination. Choose colours to match your livery or create a nice contrast, perhaps even go for a patterned finish, like Grand Central in their saloon cars. With stain and odour resistance, and a good slip resistance rating, we would always recommend a resilient floor over a carpet to ensure a clean and fresh environment for top marks for passenger experience.

Buffet car


Where passengers and staff alike will be on their feet while the train is moving, it is paramount that your chosen train floor achieves a sustained pendulum test value of 36 or more. In areas such as the buffet car, where countless contaminants threaten the floor, slip resistance is of even more importance. Further to this, any chosen flooring solution must be easy to clean and stain resistant. As passengers from all over the train will be making their way to this car, good and clear signposting for wayfinding is useful.

We suggest: Altro Transflor Tungsten

Why? Altro Transflor Tungsten is the safest rail flooring product on the market with a pendulum test value of greater than or equal to 40. Protected by Altro Easyclean technology, you’ll never have to worry about food stains ruining the floor, and with a palette of 13 colours, staff and passenger areas can be easily demarcated. All Altro rail flooring products are available for use with our kit cutting and logo service, so why not consider cutting your signposting into the floor?

Posted: 31/07/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments