Disabled access - Articles and news items

Tube accessibility programme quickens pace

Industry news  •  4 July 2017  •  Eurotransport

Transport for London (TfL) has announced the next six London Underground stations to be made step-free as part of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s, £200m boost to make Tube travel more accessible over the next five years.

Introducing Quantum – A revolutionary new approach to wheelchair and scooter securement on buses

Industry news  •  17 April 2017  •  Q'Straint

After boarding a bus, Quantum allows wheelchair and scooter passengers to position their chair and by simply pushing a button to secure themselves in a stable and safe rear-facing position without driver assistance. The process takes under 25 seconds…

UITP voices concerns over latest European Accessibility Act discussions

Industry news  •  10 April 2017  •  Eurotransport

On Tuesday 11 April 2017, the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament will adopt its opinion on the so-called European Accessibility Act. According to the UITP (the International Association of Public Transport), the current discussions related to the Act should aim at finding realistic requirements making sure the whole initiative is a success, but the UITP is worried about the potential negative impact on the accessibility objectives of the latest compromise.

Enabling real accessibility for all

Industry news  •  3 April 2017  •  Q'Straint

Since 1st January 2016 it’s been a requirement that all full size single deck buses over 7.5 tonnes must be fully accessible; all double deckers from January 1st 2017…

Arriva signs up to RNIB’s Bus Charter to improve travel for blind and partially sighted passengers

Industry news  •  29 March 2017  •  Eurotransport

Arriva UK Bus announces sign up to the RNIB’s Bus Charter to ensure services are accessible for customers with sight loss.

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.

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