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Disabled access - Articles and news items

TfL ‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ badges to be rolled out following successful trial

Industry news  •  22 December 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Eurotransport

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed it is to roll out its ‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ blue badge and card initiative following a successful six-week trial.

Supporting those with learning and physical disabilities at bus stations and transport interchanges

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  6 October 2016  •  Stewart Connell, Senior Duty Manager, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) offers work experience placements to people with learning and physical disabilities at bus stations and transport interchanges. Stewart Connell, Senior Duty Manager at TfGM, reflects on the benefits of the project for students and for the organisation…

Bus accessibility – more than just a ramp

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  1 September 2016  •  Lesley Brown – journalist, Passion4Transport

In an article for Eurotransport, journalist Lesley Brown travels by bus on Line 96 in Paris to weigh up accessibility in the French capital…

TfL trials “please offer me a seat” badges to passengers less able to stand

Industry news  •  31 August 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

In a new trial, blue badges will be issued to disabled passengers and those with hidden conditions, illnesses and injuries to alert fellow passengers of their need for a seat on London’s public transport.

EU-wide service platform MOBiNET improves efficiency of Dial-a-Ride service in London

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  25 August 2016  •  Maria De Rycke – ERTICO – ITS Europe, Guido Di Pasquale – Pluservice, Isran Shaffi – Transport for London

The MOBiNET project envisages a new “Internet of Mobility” where transport users meet providers of next-generation mobility services… This article showcases the platform’s implementation within the Dial-a-Ride service improving its efficiency through mobile technology.

SIMON Project – an ICT platform for mobility impaired people

Issue 2 2016  •  3 May 2016  •  Eva Muñoz, SIMON Project Manager

People with mild or severe disabilities – either temporary or permanent – represent almost 80 million people in the EU. That equates to one in six citizens facing different attitudinal and environmental barriers that prevent them from fully participating in society and the economy. In particular, access to transport and mobility infrastructure represents a serious problem for many impaired people, acting as a barrier to work and social activities. In this context, SIMON is a demonstration oriented project, funded under the CIP-ICT programme of the European Commission, aiming at improving the independent living and societal participation of mobility impaired people, in particular when using public transport or their own. Project Manager, Eva Muñoz, provides further details…

Transport Accessibility supplement 2016

Issue 1 2016, Supplements  •  25 February 2016  •  Eurotransport

In our first-ever Accessibility Supplement, Dora Ramazzotti at SRM gives an overview of how accessible Bologna’s public transport network is, and Ezio Castagna from CTM explains how Cagliari is investing in vehicles and infrastructure to enhance accessibility. Plus Gunta Anca from the EDF says that the industry must do more as a whole to achieve accessibility for all…

EU commits to improving accessible transport for all passengers

Industry news  •  27 January 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

A European Disability Forum (EDF) delegation met with the EU Commissioner for Transport and Mobility to discuss recent UN findings on recommendations to protect and promote accessible transport for people with disabilities.

London Underground trials Wayfindr digital navigation system

Industry news  •  7 December 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

London Underground has begun trials of Wayfindr, the audio-based digital navigation system, to guide vision impaired people through and around Euston Tube station.

Fully accessible bus stops now available across two London boroughs

Industry news  •  23 July 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Transport for London (TfL) reveals the first two London boroughs that can provide entirely accessible bus stops.

Leeds accessible bus network complete

Industry news  •  18 May 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Bus operator First Leeds has announced completion of an accessible bus service for customers across the network.

BVB’s extensive modernisation programme

Issue 5 2012  •  31 October 2012  •  Jürg Baumgartner, Director, Basel Public Transport Company (BVB)

BVB, the Basel Public Transport Company, is the most important carrier in the inner part of the tri-national agglomeration of Basel with 800,000 inhabitants. Under its new management, the long-standing company is undergoing an in-depth process of modernisation. The 65km-long tram network is to be extended by up to 19km of new lines; some of them across the border into Germany and France. Sixty new Flexity trams are expected between 2014 and 2016, replacing the old rolling stock built between 1967 and 1991. By 2025, BVB expects to carry 10% more passengers, a challenging objective given the fact that its current market share in the region is already very high at 50%. The investment linked to BVB’s modernisation amounts to almost one billion Swiss Francs (approximately €800 million).

Public transportation in the tri-national agglomeration of Basel: The city of Basel, situated in the north of Switzerland at the borders with France and Germany, is the centre of a tri-national agglomera tion with more than 800,000 inhabitants, with 500,000 living in Switzerland and 300,000 in Germany or France. On the Swiss side, the largest part of the agglomeration is situated within the two cantons of Basel-Stadt (Basel-City) and Baselland.

Accessibility of urban buses: time to turn EU law into practice!

Issue 5 2012  •  31 October 2012  •  Guillaume Dufresne, Mobility and Transport Officer, European Disability Forum (EDF)

A Europe free of barriers is where there is freedom of movement for all. The European disability movement believes that all forms of transport should be accessible, including urban buses, which is an important element for the travel chain of passengers with disabilities.

The European Disability Forum (EDF) is the umbrella organisation representing the interests of people with disabilities in Europe. Our mission is to ensure that people with disabilities have full access to fundamental human rights through their active involvement in policy development and implementation. Urban transport is a priority area of our activities and we are involved in strengthening the rights of passengers with disabilities. In the field of transport, the advocacy efforts of EDF have been extremely successful – over the past decade we have seen significant changes and increased awareness. EDF is frequently consulted by relevant European Commission Directorates General for input and expertise and we also regularly work in partnership with other transport stakeholders such as UITP and EUROCITIES.

Improving disabled access in transport infrastructure

Issue 4 2012  •  31 August 2012  •  Fathi Tarada, Tunnel Safety Expert, Managing Director of Mosen Ltd and Eurotransport Editorial Board Member

Major infrastructure projects in Europe are increasingly integrating the requirements of persons with reduced mobility into the early stages of their design. For example, significant investment is earmarked for step-free access for a number of major surface stations within the Crossrail West scheme on the outskirts of London. New lifts and overbridges are being planned by Network Rail, in order to facilitate access to all platforms in stations such as West Drayton and Maidenhead. Such infrastructure works will benefit a wide range of people including mothers with prams as well as a wide range of people with disabilities.

The definition of disability is wide and encomp – asses persons of limited mobility, hearing and vision. It includes the elderly, infirm and wheelchair users. The infrastructure and facilities provided by transport networks should therefore go further than just providing wheelchair access, and should include aural and visual information systems, including induction loops; appropriate warning surfaces at the top and bottom of stairs and at platform edges; and alternative access arrangements where physical barriers make it impossible or difficult to use the service.

Considering the aging nature of European societies, the proportion of people with disabilities is significant and rising. For example, it is currently estimated that 4,600,000 people have walking difficulties in the UK, and 800,000 of these people use a wheelchair.


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