Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Transport written question – answered on 21st May 2009.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the additional cost of works to (a) reopen and (b) upgrade railway stations incurred as a result of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005 in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Department for Transport has not made any assessment of additional costs incurred as a result of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Acts.

The Disability Discrimination Acts have required rail station operators to make reasonable physical alterations at stations since 2004, so that disabled people do not find it impossible or unreasonably difficult to access rail services. What is reasonable is for the Courts, not the Department for Transport, to determine.

In addition, since 2002 new infrastructure works at stations have been required to follow the standards set out in the Department's code of practice on accessible train and station design for disabled people. However, these requirements are not directly attributable to the Disability Discrimination Acts.

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