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The forum drew together people with a range of experiences and knowledge, including Allison Peter (second from left) and Dawn Badminton-Capps (third from right) to help raise awareness of the needs of different groups of users and potential users. JONATHAN WELCH

Jonathan Welch reports from the recent Transport Design Forum, hosted by Altro and supported by Camira and Autoglym Connect

Accessibility is a topic which has increasing importance in society, not just transport. Companies across the board have come to realise that making their services more accessible is generally not just about being ‘politically correct’ but also often a way to tap into income streams which have previously passed them by, often quite literally.

It was interesting therefore to receive an invitation to the recent Transport Design Forum, hosted at the London offices of flooring specialist Altro in London’s trendy Clerkenwell with the support of fabric manufacturer Camira and cleaning products specialist Autoglym Connect. The event aimed to make attendees more aware of, and encourage them to think more about, how accessibility issues affect existing and potential transport users. The issue is a broad one, and it’s temptingly easy to focus on the easily visible example of wheelchair users, and to forget that there are countless other users with different accessibility needs.


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