The Department for Transport (DfT) has set out its Inclusive Transport Strategy, which aims to improve accessibility across all types of travel for those with both visible and less visible disabilities.
Measures announced include:
• £2 million to install Changing Places toilets at motorway service stations;
• £2 million for audio and visual equipment on buses;
• A £2 million passenger awareness campaign to increase disability awareness and reduce hate crime on the network;
• An accreditation scheme for transport operators to receive formal recognition for positive work to improve disabled passengers’ experiences, such as training frontline staff and senior management on disability awareness; and
• Ensuring future technology is designed inclusively from the outset.
The Inclusive Transport Strategy also includes raising awareness and enforcement of passengers’ rights, staff training and improvements to accessible information. This will support the Future of Mobility Grand challenge, at the heart of which is a transport system that works for everyone.
It follows the Accessibility Action Plan consultation which received over 1000 responses.