A new initiative to help make bus travel easier for visually impaired people across Greater Manchester has been launched. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has teamed up with the charity Henshaws, which supports people with sight loss to design new, free products for registered blind or partially sighted people, including a fluorescent orange pass wallet and a yellow bus hailer. The new products indicate to bus drivers that visually impaired passengers may require additional assistance, prompting them to offer this instantly.
The bus hailer is a flip pad that consists of bold and embossed numbers and letters, with the braille version underneath. Users select the number of their bus and display it to oncoming traffic, signalling to the bus driver that they need to stop. The word ‘bus’ can be displayed if users are unsure of their bus number. The fluorescent orange pass wallet is designed to stand out to drivers from a distance, indicating to them that the user may need extra assistance boarding and leaving the bus. The free bus hailers and orange pass wallets are available in Travelshops in bus stations across Greater Manchester and from Henshaws.