Part I2 Public transport buildings
Introduction to this Part
This Part provides additional Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions for Class 9b and Class 10 buildings that are used as public transport buildings. The provisions of this Part are based on the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards).
Application of Part
To clarify which public transport buildings are subject to Part I2 and to what extent they are subject.
Part I2 specifically relates to buildings associated with public transport services, such as railway stations, bus interchanges, airports and ferry terminals. These requirements were previously located in the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards). Some versions of Australian Standards referred to in Part I2 may be different to those referred to in the remainder of the BCA. The correct version of the Australian Standard to be used can be determined by reference to Schedule 2.
I2D1(1) provides that the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of Part I2 apply to the passenger use areas of Class 9b or Class 10 buildings used for public transport. Class 9b and Class 10 public transport buildings must also satisfy the Deemed-to- Satisfy Provisions of Parts D4, E3 and F4.
I2D1(2) provides a rule for resolving inconsistencies between these requirements imposed on public transport buildings by providing that the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of Part I2 take precedence where there is a difference.
I2D1(3) provides that, as under the Transport Standards, certain requirements in Part I2 do not apply to ‘airports that do not accept regular public transport services’ as defined in the Transport Standards.
I2D1(4) provides that the exemption to A6G1(1) does not apply to Part I2 because the application of this provision to Part I2 could result in a different outcome to what would have been achieved under similar provisions that existed in the Transport Standards. Under the exemption to A6G1(1), if 10% or less of the floor area of a storey is used for a purpose which could be classified differently to the remainder of that storey, that part may be classified as being the same as the remainder.
- the ends of each track must be on the main pedestrian traffic routes; and
- the parallel tracks must have equal convenience and be located as close as practicable to the main pedestrian branch.
To specify requirements for accessways in buildings covered by Part I2.
The requirements for accessways in I2D2 were previously located in the Transport Standards.
Accessways and manoeuvring areas may be for other purposes, such as standing areas, but it is expected that public transport passengers will be able to transit them and that they remain available for use by people with a disability when required.
Hazards created by poles, columns, stanchions, bollards and fixtures alongside accessways must be avoided. For example, the use of short posts to prevent delivery vehicles from driving onto parts of pedestrian areas, or commercial signs projecting from walls should be avoided.
I2D2(7) requires passing areas to be provided in prescribed locations, with the intent that they be wide enough for 2 people, each using a mobility aid, to pass one another.
To specify requirements for ramps in buildings covered by Part I2.
The requirements for ramps in I2D3 were previously located in the Transport Standards.
I2D3 provides requirements for accessible ramps in public transport buildings. Ramps forming part of an accessway must comply with clause 8 of AS 1428.2.
Handrails and grabrails
To specify requirements for handrails and grabrails in buildings covered by Part I2.
The requirements for handrails and grabrails in I2D4 were previously located in the Transport Standards.
I2D4 provides requirements for handrails and grabrails in public transport buildings. I2D4(2) provides that handrails must be placed along an accessway to assist wherever passengers are likely to require additional support or guidance, such as changes of level, ramps, a narrowing or a change of direction of an accessway. I2D4(4) provides, in particular, that a grabrail or handrail must be provided at fixed locations where passengers are required to pay fares.
Doorways and doors
Doorways and doors must comply with clause 11 (except clause 11.5.2) of AS 1428.2.
To specify requirements for doorways and doors in buildings covered by Part I2.
Lift facilities must comply with AS 1735.12.
Stairs must comply with—
- clause 9.1 of AS 1428.1, including the notes; and
- clause 9.2 of AS 1428.1; and
- clauses 13.2, 13.3 and Figures 8 and 9 of AS 1428.2.
To specify requirements for stairways in buildings covered by Part I2.
The requirement for an accessway under the BCA means that stairways cannot be the sole means of access. However, stairways are acceptable as an optional route on an accessway.
Unisex accessible toilet
To specify requirements for unisex accessible toilets in buildings covered by Part I2.
Location of accessible toilets
To specify requirements for the location of accessible toilets in buildings covered by Part I2.
Symbols and signs
To specify requirements for symbols and signs in buildings covered by Part I2.
Tactile ground surface indicators
To specify requirements for tactile ground surface indicators (TGSIs) in buildings covered by Part I2.
The requirements for TGSIs in I2D11 were previously located in the Transport Standards.
I2D11 provides that TGSIs must be installed to define key areas on an accessway for people with vision impairment. TGSIs must comply with AS 1428.4 and must indicate changes in direction in accordance with clause 18.1 of AS 1428.2.
Any lighting provided must comply with minimum levels of maintenance illumination for various situations shown in the notes to clause 19.1 of AS 1428.2.
If a public address system is installed, it must comply with clause 21.1 of AS 1428.2.
Emergency warning systems
To specify requirements for emergency warning systems in buildings covered by Part I2.
The requirements for emergency warning systems in I2D14 were previously located in the Transport Standards.
Controls must comply with clause 11 of AS 1428.1.
To specify requirements for controls in buildings covered by Part I2.