Improvements to accessibility on a hundred busesThe most visible improvement in terms of accessibility on the new buses is the extra space reserved for wheelchairs and pushchairs, with a large section on each side of the aisle to help manoeuvrability for these users. This section of the bus also ensures safety for people with mobility difficulties with a foldable side rail. There are also adjustable belts to improve safety for wheelchair users or to strap in objects, so they don’t fall on passengers during the journey.
Acting on indications from organisations for people with disabilities, the new bus interiors have been designed to facilitate accessibility and passenger comfort, with wider doors and as much flat space as possible. The mobility ramp also adapts to the width of the open doors, making it safer for wheelchair users to manoeuvre when getting on or off.
These improvements come in addition to others introduced over the years in the various generations of TMB buses: anti-slip floors, a tilting mechanism to reduce the gap between the bus and the pavement at bus-stops, a retracting ramp for the central door, ramp-request buttons and pushchair alighting buttons (cancelling the automatic closure of doors), braille on buttons and an audio information system for people with visual disabilities.
The 105 buses featuring the latest accessibility improvements are manufactured by MAN: 49 Lion’s City models powered by compressed natural gas, 26 articulated versions of this same model and 30 Lion’s City Efficient Hybrid models. TMB acquired the buses as part of its fleet renewal programme to replace diesel buses and gas buses at the end of their useful life. Some of the vehicles are already circulating on regular routes.