Travel and Transport (Virtual Committee)

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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20’s Plenty for Us: Scottish leaders should prioritise local streets

18 March 2019
Source: 20's plenty for Us

20mph Scotland Poll 72% Support. Policy costs 0.75% of transport budget for 2 years. Leaders should prioritise local streets. Public opinion is for 20mph – 72% and rising. Scotland’s elected leader– Nicola Sturgeon should back a national change to 20mph. The cost is £10m for 2 years – only 0.75% of the total transport budget. Reducing road danger is like

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LocalGov: Lord warns ‘deadly’ street design is increasing vehicle speeds

21 February 2019
Source: LocalGov

The average speed of vehicles using a shared space in London has increased by 5mph over the past six years, new figures have revealed. The statistics show that the average speed of vehicles using Exhibition Road is now 27mph, up from 22mph in 2013. Lord Holmes, who published Accidents by Design in 2015, is calling on the Government to investigate

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Extension to the deadline for responses to the ORR Improving Assisted Travel consultation due to technical error

24 January 2019
Source: Office of Rail and Road

Due to an technical error, the ORR are  asking people who emailed responses to their:  ‘Improving Assisted Travel – consultation on changes to guidance for train and station operators on Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP)’ to please resend them to DPPP@orr.gov.uk They apologise for the inconvenience and have extended the deadline for responses to Friday 1 February.

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Vision UK response to the ORR Improving Assisted Travel – consultation on changes to guidance for train and station operators on Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP)

18 January 2019
Source: Vision UK

This consultation sets out proposals to change the Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP) Guidance for train and station operators on how to write their policies for helping disabled people to travel by rail. It is the culmination of the work undertaken so far to understand passengers’ experience of this service and to develop concrete proposals that are designed to bring

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Department of Transport: New online Blue Badge Service

14 January 2019
Source: https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge

The new Blue Badge online service will enable people to apply for a Blue Badge online  without needing to send any of their supporting documents in the post and is expected to decrease the amount of time it takes to make an application. An offline system will still be available for those who are not able to apply online. Please

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Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill Survey

7 January 2019
Source: Scottish Parliament

A short survey by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to gather the views of individuals and organisations on the proposals in the Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill. Why should I respond? The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill would reduce the default speed limit on most urban and residential streets in Scotland

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Take part in the RNIB survey on The Office of Road and Rail consultation on assisted travel

7 January 2019
Source: RNIB

Improving disabled people’s access to assisted travel.   The Office of Road and Rail (ORR) have launched a consultation on improving disabled people’s access to assisted travel by proposing changes to their Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP) Guidance. Every train and station operator must set out the arrangements and assistance they will provide to protect the interests of disabled people

Read more Take part in the RNIB survey on The Office of Road and Rail consultation on assisted travel