All but 18 countries in the world are experiencing population ageing. In the UK over 65’s increased by 23% between 2009 and 2019 to 19% of the total population, whilst in Singapore over 65’s will rise to 25% of the overall population by 2030. Andrew Postings explores the design aspects in stations that can support not just an ageing population, but everyone.
Our aim should be to enable everyone to be able to lead active, engaged, and valued lives within their communities. By providing public transport infrastructure designs that facilitate people living in their preferred environments by increasing their autonomy, self-confidence, and mobility, we bring benefits to the whole of society. Designing for inclusivity results in higher quality, more accessible and usable spaces for all on a much wider level. With positive affects beyond the specific stations environments, as well as to the operators of such infrastructure.
For the new user a station can present a confusing, difficult to navigate and often overwhelming public space. However, in making the station as inclusive as possible we provide benefits to all – both passengers and operators. There are a number of key areas to consider: