Local public transport in the Stuttgart region: blind people lack the guidelines on S-Bahn trains – Stuttgart


Big background noise, no tactile aids: Winfried Specht is blind and has a hard time in the Stadtmitte S-Bahn station. Photo: Lichtgut / Leif Piechowski

Almost all S-Bahn platforms in the Stuttgart region are wheelchair accessible. However, blind and visually impaired people find it difficult to get to the train. It looks better with the light rail.

Stuttgart When Winfried Specht goes down into the passage under Rotebühlplatz on a working day in December, he feels like he is on the high seas. When walking from the bus stop on Fritz-Elsas-Straße, a ribbed guideline in the asphalt floor in the direction of the escalator helps him. But at the bottom the wide passage with the shops on the right opens up to him, so to speak, with no clue on the horizon. The 61-year-old has been blind from an early age, and so he feels nothing with his long stick but a smooth slab floor, nothing to orientate himself on. Not even his fine hearing supports him down here. The construction noise that sloshes in from above and the thick carpet of noise that the many passers-by weave at one of the most used local transport hubs in the state capital overwhelms Winfried Specht at best. “It’s difficult to go straight ahead,” he says. You can also see it and wonder how this should work when Specht is out alone.

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