DfT increases public transport accessibility as use increases after coronavirus (COVID-19)

DfT increases public transport accessibility as use increases after coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced new initiatives to remove barriers for disabled people as they return to public transport after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. An audit of UK train stations is currently underway to help form a public database allowing people to better plan their journeys. Network Rail is expected to install tactile paving at station platforms and develop a new app to simplify communication with rail staff. Buses will need to provide audible and visual announcements onboard and the government will provide £3.5m to smaller companies to facilitate this. Taxis and private hire vehicles will also be subject to new legislation protecting disabled passengers from being overcharged.

Seaports have been allocated £1m to improve accessibility at ports to the Isle of Wight and Isles of Scilly and the DfT has been working to design accessible chargepoints for electric vehicles. A further £450,000 will be dedicated to delivering accessible toilets to ensure motorway services have suitable facilities. All the initiatives form part of the government’s National Disability Strategy.

Source: National strategy to boost accessibility for disabled passengers

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