Disabled Access (Chorley)

Transport written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding has been made available to improve disabled access to transport services in the Chorley constituency.

Photo of Charlotte Atkins Charlotte Atkins Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

Regulations introduced under part 5 of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) require that all new public service vehicles used on local and scheduled service with a carrying capacity of more than 22 passengers, and all new rail vehicles, have to be accessible to disabled people. In addition, duties under part 3 of the DDA require service providers to take reasonable steps to provide access to transport infrastructure such as bus station and railway stations.

On funding the Government provide funding to improve access to public transport through the local transport plan (LTP) process. Local transport authorities in England outside London produce five-year LTPs, and report on progress against these plans in annual progress reports (APRs). The first five-year plans were submitted in 2000. The following table details the relevant funding categories allocated to the Lancashire local transport plan area, which includes Chorley.

Decisions on how to target funding towards specific projects and initiatives such as those to improve public transport accessibility are made at local level.

On access to the rail network, the SRA intend to consult on their disability strategy at the end of March. This will include priorities for improving accessibility at stations.

Chorley (Lancashire) local authority
£ million
Nature of funding 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
Capital maintenance 6.10 16.63 17.78 13.34 16.18
Integrated block (small schemes) 4.80 11.20 11.92 12.05 13.03
Targeted bus grants 1.41 2.21 1.57 3.78 1.24
Total 12.31 30.04 31.27 29.17 30.45

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