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Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Handrails and handholds

10.—(1) A handrail shall be fitted in every regulated rail vehicle as close as practicable on either side of the interior of an external doorway extending vertically from a point not more than 700 millimetres above the floor to a point not less than 1,200 millimetres above the floor.

(2) Any handrail in a regulated rail vehicle shall comply with the following requirements—

(a)a handrail shall have a circular cross section with a diameter of not less than 30 millimetres and not more than 40 millimetres;

(b)if a handrail is curved, the radius of the surface of the handrail inside the curve shall not be less than 50 millimetres;

(c)there shall be a clear space of not less than 45 millimetres between any part of the regulated rail vehicle and all parts of the handrail other than its mountings;

(d)a handrail shall have a slip-resistant surface; and

(e)a handrail shall contrast with the parts of the regulated rail vehicle adjacent to that handrail.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4) a handhold shall be fitted to the top of the back of each seat which faces towards an end of a regulated rail vehicle and which is next to a gangway in a passenger saloon and shall comply with the following requirements—

(a)the surface of a handhold (excluding the mountings to the seat) shall be rounded;

(b)a handhold shall contrast with the seat to which the handhold is attached;

(c)a handhold shall have a slip-resistant surface; and

(d)there shall be no gap less than 150 millimetres wide measured in any direction in a handhold or between a handhold and the seat to which it is attached.

(4) Paragraph (3) does not apply to a seat the back of which touches a partition, to a seat the back of which touches the back of another seat which faces in the opposite direction and is fitted with a handhold, or to a seat to which a handrail is attached.

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