Department for Transport: Audio and visual funding for buses will make journeys accessible for all

29 October 2019
Source: The Department for Transport

• £2million to provide audio and visual equipment for buses to improve journeys for everyone including those with visual or hearing impairment • DfT launches new communications campaign ‘It’s everyone’s journey’ to improve disabled people’s experiences on public transport • Call for partners to sign up to the campaign and join partners already supporting it including British Airways, LNER and

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Royal Blind responds to the Scottish Government National Transport Strategy

25 October 2019
Source: Royal Blind

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on its vision for the future of transport for the next 20 years. Royal Blind took the opportunity to highlight a number of issues of concern for people with visual impairment. While the strategy’s focus on improving accessibility is welcome, it is crucial that a lack of provision, particularly in rural areas, is also

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Department for Transport: Disabled people to benefit from better journeys thanks to service station funding

24 September 2019
Source: The Department for Transport

• Government awards 22 Motorway Service Areas funding for Changing Places toilets • Second round of funding, extended to include A-Roads, launched by Department for Transport • Next in series of improvements by the Secretary of State for Transport to create a more accessible transport network, helping disabled people travel safely and with confidence Journeys will be easier and more

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House of Commons Transport Committee publish their report into Pavement Parking

10 September 2019
Source: The Transport Select Committee

The Transport Select Committee is a cross-party group of MPs in the House of Commons who scrutinise the work of the Department for Transport. They recommend a ban on pavement parking across England and an awareness campaign about the negative impacts of pavement parking. Read the full report here Vision UK support this call and the work of our members

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Scottish National Transport Strategy open for consultation

16 August 2019
Source: Transport Scotland

The National Transport Strategy sets out Transport Scotland’s vision for the next 20 years and was developed in collaboration with over 60 partner organisations around Scotland. Their vision is for a sustainable, inclusive and accessible transport system helping to deliver a healthier, fairer and more prosperous Scotland for communities, businesses and visitors. Read more and have your say here  

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Specsavers partners with road safety charity Brake to sponsor UK Road Safety Week 2019

2 August 2019
Source: Brake

This year, Road Safety Week will take place between 18-24 November and will focus on the theme of ‘Step up for Safe Streets’. Brake and Specsavers will be urging everyone to ‘step up’ and do their bit for road safety, with a focus on encouraging people to learn about, shout about and celebrate the design solutions that can enable everyone

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Scotland’s Accessible Travel Framework Our Delivery Plan for 2019-2020

29 July 2019
Source: Transport Scotland

Vision and priorities for 2019-2020 This Vision and priorities paper has been prepared by Transport Scotland’s Accessible Travel Policy Branch within the Scottish Government. The paper has been genuinely co-produced alongside the Scottish Transport Accessibility Steering Group and its 20 strong representative bodies, the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland with its 15 Public Appointees and policy officials across the

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The Department for Transport Smart Survey on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces

18 July 2019
Source: Department for Transport

The Department for Transport is presently in the process of considering changes to the document Guidance on the Use of Tactile Paving Surfaces, and have commissioned TRL and Urban Movement to understand more about the understanding of tactile paving by blind & partially sighted people, and also people with other disabilities such as wheelchair users or those with mental health

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#InclusiveTransport – One year on – 8-12th July 2019

9 July 2019
Source: Department for Transport

From the 8 – 12 July the Department for Transport will mark 12 months since it launched its Inclusive Transport Strategy (ITS): Achieving Equal Access for Disabled People. Government is determined disabled people have the same access to transport as everyone else and that they are able to travel easily, confidently and without extra cost. The Inclusive Transport Strategy sets

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Department of Transport: Review of Blue Badge fraud as scheme is extended to those with ‘hidden disabilities’

18 June 2019
Source: Department for Transport

• Blue Badge scheme to be extended to people who have less visible disabilities, making journeys more accessible • This change to the scheme is the biggest in nearly 50 years with the extended criteria coming into force on 30 August. • Review also launched into Blue Badge fraud and ways of reducing misuse. People with hidden disabilities will soon

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