DfT launches accessible transport strategy

The Department for Transport launched a new national strategy to improve accessibility for disabled passengers on public transport on 28 July.

An audit of all railway stations in the UK is starting to identify where improvements are needed and highlight areas where accessibility is particularly good. This audit will feed into a new public database which it is hoped will allow passengers to better plan their journeys and with input from disabled passengers target future investment in accessible rail travel.

The Department says it will also work with Network Rail to develop a new programme to fit all station platforms with tactile paving, and continue to develop a Passenger Assist App to simplify communications with rail staff and encourage better customer service.