Fire Near Zurich's Main Train Station Disrupts Transport

U.S. News

The blaze in the building across the road from the station erupted early Saturday and left much of the structure in danger of collapse. During the fire, there were two explosions inside the building, where construction work had been underway in recent months. Local authorities said no one was injured.


Nottingham railway station fire: Woman arrested

BBC News

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson over the huge fire that closed Nottingham railway station.


The Colored Tags Making a Difference for Visually Impaired People in Spain

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When you are blind or partially sighted, everyday tasks can present a challenge, not least of all finding your way around the city. Things such as locating the ticket machine in a railway station or knowing if your bus has just pulled into the bus stop can be tricky or even impossible to do without help. But since 2018, brightly colored tags have been popping up in Barcelona, and more recently in other Spanish cities to simplify navigation for people who are blind and partially sighted. Paired with a mobile phone, they are part of a system known as NaviLens developed by the Mobile Vision Research Lab at the University of Alicante and the technology company, Neosistec. Designed to be used alongside traditional sight aides such as canes and guidedogs, NaviLens aims to help visually impaired people feel more independent when moving around the city.


London underground station attack leads to murder charges for 2 men, police say

FOX News

Two men were arrested and charged with murder in connection with an alleged assault at an underground station in northwest London Sunday, British Transport Police (BTP) said in a statement. Two men were arrested and charged with murder in connection with an alleged assault at an underground station in northwest London Sunday, British Transport Police (BTP) said in a statement. The two 23-year-old men had an alleged altercation at the Queensbury London Underground station around 12:30 a.m. Florin Pitic, 20, suffered a serious injury during the confrontation, according to BTP, and later died at the hospital. The details of the alleged assault were unclear.


Blind man's death at subway station reignites call for safety barriers

The Japan Times

The death Monday of a 55-year-old blind man who was hit by a subway train after falling onto the tracks at Aoyama-itchome Station has once again shone the spotlight on the need for safety barriers to prevent such all-too-frequent accidents from occurring. According to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, the tally for platform falls in 2014 was 3,673, up from 2,442 in 2009. Of those who fell in 2014, 80 were visually impaired. The majority of the accidental falls are caused by drunkenness, with others caused by inattentiveness or other reasons. It is believed that although the man's guide dog was with him, he may have fallen while trying to skirt a pillar that was partially blocking the yellow braille floor tiles that run the length of the platform, according to Kyodo news.