‘Fully-inclusive’ UK transport network backed by govt with £300m


New measures, backed by hundreds of million pounds, will help ensure all disabled people can travel confidently and easily, the UK government announced earlier this week.

The Department for Transport last week set out its Inclusive Transport Strategy, which will improve accessibility across all types of travel for those with both visible and less visible disabilities.

The strategy includes investment in rail accessibility infrastructure, commitments to produce league tables which highlight operators that are delivering the best service for disabled people, and funding for Changing Places accessible toilets at motorway service stations.

The government will put up to £300 million of funding into extending the Access for All programme, making railway stations more accessible, including through step-free access.

The scheme seems to further develop on the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s report form last month that aimed to better highlight travelling air passengers who have hidden disabilities such as dementia or autism.

Transport Accessibility Minister Nusrat Ghani said:

Transport is at the heart of how we live our lives. It helps us get to work, stay in touch with friends and family, and access vital services like healthcare and education.

But for our ageing population and the fifth of people who are disabled, access to transport can be far from straightforward.

This Inclusive Transport Strategy is the first step in achieving a genuinely inclusive transport network, which meets the needs of all people, regardless of whether they are disabled or not”.