Barrier-free travel

Easy boarding, barrier-free access to information, travelling safely – everyone benefits from unobstructed mobility. By the end of 2023, our passengers will be able to enjoy barrier-free access to the transportation means throughout the BLS network. This also includes our boats. In this manner, BLS will meet the requirements of the Swiss Disability Discrimination Act.

Accessibility and adaptations with regard to BehiG conformity at BLS Lake Cruise

Apart from our smallest boat (motor vessel Interlaken), all vessels are wheelchair-accessible. The accessways to the outside decks and restaurants in second class are level. Aboard motor vessel Berner Oberland and motor vessel Stadt Thun, the first-class area can also be accessed by lift. All boats (with the exception of motor vessel Interlaken) feature a disabled toilet.

According to Art. 22 para. 1 BehiG, public transport vehicles must be barrier-free by 31.12.2023 – this also applies to boats. Various adaptations are therefore necessary on our boats. Inclusion Handicap was called in for a consultancy mandate by the planning office that was commissioned to coordinate the necessary renovation and conversion work. The motor vessel Brienz was to be used as an example to assess the necessary conversion measures and, if necessary, the measures decided upon could also be applied to other boats in the fleet. The aim is that in this way, within the framework of the periodic revisions, the requirements of federal law can be implemented and at the same time further requirements and needs of people with restricted mobility can be taken into account.

Source: Inclusion Handicap (2022)