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Public Transport (Disabled Access)

Wales written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Secretary for Transport on disabled access on Welsh public transport.

Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales), Department for Constitutional Affairs, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs) (also in Wales Office)

My right hon. Friend and I have regular discussions with Assembly Ministers on matters affecting Wales. Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 transport providers must take reasonable steps to remove physical barriers, to make their services accessible. As part of the Assembly's longer distance bus and coach strategy' a number of long-distance routes now operate accessible buses, as do many local services: buses with poor accessibility are to be phased out by 2017, and rail vehicles by 2020.

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