‘The importance of connectivity cannot be underestimated. Being able to travel can help facilitate social networks, improve access to employment or education and promote self-esteem and well-being.’
The Inclusive Transport Strategy sets out the Government’s ambition to achieve equal access for disabled people using the transport system by 2030.
Key objectives of the strategy include:
- Awareness and enforcement of passenger rights
- Staff training
- Improved information
- Improving physical infrastructure
- Involving disabled people in the future design of travel and with technological advances
Commitments to physical infrastructure changes include:
- Up to £300 million available for rail accessibility improvements between 2019-2024.
- £2 million fund to make Changing Places facilities available across the motorway network.
- £2 million towards ensuring audio visual equipment is installed on buses.
The Government will report on its progress and create a new stakeholder advisory group, the Pan-disability Transport Advisory Group (PTAG).
This strategy will support the Government’s wider commitments to enable a million more disabled people to take up employment over the next 10 years, to secure 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020, and to tackle loneliness.