Transport: Disabled People

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st May 2013.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new measures they are considering to increase overall access by disabled people to public transport facilities and vehicles.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Department for Transport published its accessibility action plan in December 2012. “Transport for Everyone: an action plan to improve accessibility for all” seeks to address the remaining challenges faced by disabled people by improving physical accessibility, and attitudes and behaviour of others towards disabled passengers.

Specific new measures in the plan include developing a signage scheme outlining the rules around the use of the wheelchair space and priority seating on buses, improving the collection and sharing of data on harassment and making people feel more confident about reporting incidents. We also plan to build on the success of the Olympic Games Spectator Journey Planner by developing new characteristics for Transport Direct and extending coverage into more locations. Another priority is to improve equality awareness training packages for frontline staff.

The accessibility action plan is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accessibility-action-plan.

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