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Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Rail Franchise

Department for Transport written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Labour, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the contractual agreements are in the Govia Thameslink Rail/Southern Rail franchise agreement on disability access at train stations and platforms on their network.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Train operating companies have responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustment to their services for carriage of disabled passengers and passengers of reduced mobility. Compliance with modern accessibility standards for stations and trains is mandated in the Railways Interoperability Regulations 2011 and the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non-Interoperable Systems) Regulations 2010. Both sets of regulations are enforced by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Additionally, operators are required to have a Disabled Persons Protection Plan in place. Govia Thameslonk Railway have such a plan which is available on their website.

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