Concept for a new signage and signaling system at Lausanne’s train station

This project aims to develop a global concept for orientation and signage in order to meet the needs of the customers in the context of the transformation of Lausanne’s train station.

In a train station, signage for orientation plays a major role both for the pedestrian flows and for the satisfaction of each individual traveler. In the coming decade, Lausanne’s train station will undergo profound changes, becoming more complex.

In order to provide optimal support for this transformation the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) have given a research mandate to the Transportation Center to develop a conceptual global framework in order to facilitate the accessibility and the orientation in Lausanne’s train station. The project will also guarantee an improved accessibility to the station from the city and will aim to ensure the station’s identity and visibility inside the urban network.

In this context, the project purpose is to go beyond the classical signaling systems and lay the foundations of a global concept of accessibility which is based on the strategies that individuals intuitively deploy to find their ways in an urban environment. The project takes into account three axis: the optimization of the station accessibility to and from the city; the optimization of paths that allow transfer between platforms; and improved accessibility to different attractors (shops, restaurants, facilities…) located both inside the station itself and in its immediate vicinity. This research project also includes identifying key general principles that could be interesting for facilitating orientation and signage in the context of other stations of the SBB network.

This project will last five months and is led by the Transportation Center, under the supervision of Sonia Lavadinho. It is sponsored by SBB.

Principal investigators Michaël Thémans, Sonia Lavadinho
Project manager Sonia Lavadinho
Sponsor SBB – CFF – FFS
Period 2012
Laboratory TRACE