Railways Gets The Overhaul Signage System
To improve the passenger travel experience, the Indian Railways plans to redesign the signage system at train stations using new design concepts.
Amrit Bharat Station Scheme
- The plan calls for the modernization and upgrade of 1275 railway stations throughout India. The strategy takes a long-term approach, implementing development goals and enhancements over time. A Master Plan will be created for the development and improvement of every station identified under the project.
- The plan focuses on enhancing several amenities at the stations, including:
- Circulating spaces and station access.
- improving waiting areas to give users better amenities.
- enhancing the restrooms.
- escalators and lifts are installed to increase accessibility.
- emphasis on upkeep and hygiene.
- free Wi-Fi connectivity is made available.
- Through programmes like the “One Station One Product” system, kiosks are built up at stations to advertise and sell local goods, thereby assisting local artists and business owners.
- Better passenger information systems should be implemented to improve communication and give passengers real-time updates. provision of executive lounges to provide business travellers and premium passengers with a more comfortable experience.
- Increased connectivity and accessibility due to the station’s integration with both sides of the city.
- Promoting multimodal transit by combining various forms of transportation with the train station, including buses, the metro, and taxis.
- For people with disabilities (Divyangjans), special accommodations and amenities are offered to ensure a smooth travel experience.
Points to Ponder:
- The Indian Railways intends to implement new, industry-standard signage that is Disability-friendly (accessible to people with disabilities).
- The new signage system has an emphasis on straightforward language, legible typefaces, bright colours, and simple pictograms.
- The signage system takes into account the needs of all passengers, including the elderly, women, children, and people with impairments.
- In some instances, the current signage system is ineffective, inconsistent, and lacking in uniformity.
- New tricoloured tertiary boards with station names displayed on them have been introduced.
- Providing logical signage at crucial decision-making moments inside the stations is a priority.
- To facilitate easy navigation for commuters, the idea of grouping signage is developed. The information is organised according to a hierarchy and includes key travel information, directional data, amenities and facilities, commercial facilities, and exit data.
- Various facilities and services, including water taps, wheelchair assistance, ramps, tourist information, mobile-charging stations, and escalators, have standardised pictograms.
- Commissioned stations: Rinikapati, Gandhinagar Capital, and Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal are the three railway stations that have already been put into service using the new signage system.