The Anonymous Widower

A Design Crime – A Badly-Designed Handrail

I noticed this hand rail on a new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 double-deck bus.

A Badly-Designed Handrail

The supports for the handrail mean that you can’t slide your hand up the rail, as you climb the stairs. The supports too are square, with unnecessary sharp corners.

When you have a hand with limits to what it can do, you want the rail to be as smooth as possible. This is only one example of several that I’ve encountered on London’s transport system. Some of the worst examples are on steps into the Underground.

May 29, 2012 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,


  1. I’ve noticed the same too. I think it’s the same bad design on this type of bus wherever you are

    Comment by Andy Brown | September 30, 2013 | Reply

    • I think it’s a standard bus Alexander Dennis bus. The handrails on the new buses for London are so much better. But you’d expect that as they are a newer design and all of the details, like grab handles, the stairs and the totally flat floor are so much better.

      Comment by AnonW | October 1, 2013 | Reply

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