Tactile Indicators are also commonly referred to as Tactiles and consist of a raised grid pattern of studs to inform the visually impaired of nearby hazards.
The prior aim of warning tactile indicators is to make visually impaired walkers reconsider their line of travel before continuing further, to ensure that they avoid any potentially hazardous situations. Warning tactile surfaces do not provide an indication as to what the hazard is, however, common examples of these hazards include:
- The foot of a ramp
- A railway crossing
- The top of a stairwell
- The bottom of a stairwell
- Areas where pedestrians could unintendedly walk on a railway platform
- Where a path joins a shared route