ENCAT helped Lithgow Council and the Lithgow Woolworths install Pedestrian Fencing around an access ramp that was built into the verge on the opposite side of the road to the public car park. The topography of the nature strip had a rise in relation to the height of the road and this presented a potential safety risk for pedestrians trying to cross the road to get to the car park.
Using our Type 1 Pedestrian Fencing we adapting the lengths and spacing to span the perimeter of the access ramp. This would reduce the chance of someone using the access ramp and falling into the road.
Why was Pedestrian Fencing needed near this car park area?
Lithgow’s population that is over the age of 45 years is nearly 40% of all people living there according to the 2016 Census results. The local Woolworths in Lithgow has a car park that can be accessed from Mort Street and it is a short walk for residents to cross the road and visit the shopping area.
As you can see in the photos the nature strip is higher than the roadway and presents a potential safety hazzard for people who try to walk down it to then cross the road. The local council installed a traffic island to help provide refuge for pedestrians. So the addition of the access ramp has ensured there is a safe passage from either side of the road.
This will help make it easier for those who are less mobile to safely walk from the footpath down to street level and across the lane to the refuge island.
How did Pedestrian Fencing help improve safety at this crossing?
The local council realised this location was quite popular for local residents to cross the road and do their shopping. So it became important to ensure the path was easy to use but people would also be protected in case they fell or tripped. The very gradual slope of the access ramp helps with this & the Pedestrian Fencing provides an added level of protection as well.
Using steel Pedestrian Fencing delivers a finished product which is tough, hard wearing and able to stand up to Australia’s tough weather conditions, including the cold climate of locations like Lithgow. All the Pedestrian Fencing that ENCAT manufactures is made from 100% recycled steel in our factory in NSW.
Pedestrian Fencing used to create a safety 'system'
ENCAT can supply Pedestrian Fencing to local councils for use around shopping precincts to be installed on a median or a verge, straight road or corner or sloping gradient. No matter the location it can be used to change the flow of pedestrian foot traffic in public use spaces very quickly.
Fencing can be used with other safety elements to create a ‘system’ around an area to protect motorists or pedestrians using public spaces. This can include fencing on median strips, walkway bridges or other structures installed to change traffic flows.
Custom made Pedestrian Fencing installations
ENCAT regularly works with civil works contractors, local or state government departments to design, manufacture and install Pedestrian Fencing to suit unusual applications. We have been doing this since 1989
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