Posts by James Davidson

Calmac Making Connections Adrossan

Calmac Making Connections Adrossan Many journeys rely on us changing from one type of transport to another, navigating the spaces between services, where one ‘stops’ and another ‘starts’. But even short transfers have potential barriers – crossing a busy street, poor lighting, difficulty finding a place to sit down and rest. But who’s responsible for the quality and accessibility of the connection? And what’s the best way for everyone concerned to work together to improve it? ‘Making Connections’ will bring disabled people together with transport operator staff and other professionals to experience and assess journey connections between rail and ferry
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Lift refurbishment – Glasgow Queen Street station

The lifts at Glasgow Queen Street Low Level station are being refurbished and will close to customers from Monday 11 March for approximately four weeks. Customers who require lift access are advised to travel to Glasgow Charing Cross which is the nearest accessible station. A taxi service will be provided to shuttle wheelchair users and those with difficulty using stairs to and from Glasgow Queen Street station with a valid ScotRail ticket. Customers travelling from the west may choose to change services at Partick station and travel to Glasgow Central where there is a free bus connection to Glasgow Queen
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Glasgow Taxis Install Defibrillators

Cardiac arrest defibrillators have been installed in 15 of Glasgow’s taxis. Taxi firm, Glasgow Taxis, has taken on the lifesaving initiative with a new medical trial. The trial is the first of its kind to be rolled out in Scotland and will see drivers equipped with the life-saving devices during their shift around the city. The drivers will be fully trained to use them in the event of emergencies and Glasgow Taxis has already put in place a first aid training policy with the aim to highlight their community commitment. Lifesaving Initiative Stephen Lally, one of the defibrillator-trained drivers, has previously
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All Aboard – Young People’s Views and Experiences of Public Transport in Scotland

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. Our vision for Scotland is of a nation that listens to and values the participation of children and young people, and our goal is to do everything we can to make this vision a reality. Every year, we run a national campaign focusing on an issue that young people care about. In June 2018, after consulting with nearly 10,500 young people, Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) voted for our 2018-19 national campaign to focus on public transport. This report makes ten recommendations to improve
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ScotRail supports schoolgirl’s sign

ScotRail has become the latest organisation to support a schoolgirl’s campaign to raise awareness of ‘invisible’ disabilities. The train operator has installed ‘Grace’s Sign’ at accessible toilets in its stations across Scotland. Grace’s Sign is a bathroom sign that includes both a person in a wheelchair and a standing person with a heart, symbolising people with invisible conditions. Thirteen-year-old Grace Warnock, who has Crohn’s Disease, came up with the idea for a more inclusive sign after facing criticism from strangers when she used accessible toilets. The innovative signs can also be found at other locations across the country including at
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ScotRail: Travelling on our Classic InterCity trains

You can now enjoy more seats and more services on some of our busiest routes across the country. Connecting Scotland’s seven cities and beyond, our fleet of Classic InterCity trains are helping us on our way to build the best railway Scotland has ever had. Make the most of your journey With complimentary WiFi, more seats, more room and more comfort, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your journey. First-class carriages boast even more legroom, additional tables and free WiFi. You’ll also enjoy complimentary food and drinks, served to your seat. With a wide range of hot and cold
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Severe weather employer guidelines

Businesses encouraged to treat workers fairly. A new charter is encouraging employers to treat workers fairly and be mindful of their safety if they are unable to get to work during extreme weather. Following the ‘beast from the east’ snow storm earlier this year, the Fair Work Charter for Severe Weather provides guiding principles to help employers prepare for similar circumstances in the future. Developed jointly by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), it sets out fair work practices – including the recommendation that all employers have a severe weather policy. Economy and Fair Work Secretary
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Improving Assisted Travel – A consultation on changes to guidance for train and station operators on Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP)

Date published: 14 November 2018 Closing date: 18 January 2019 This consultation sets out proposals to change the Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP) Guidance for train and station operators on how to write their policies for helping disabled people to travel by rail. It is the culmination of the work we have undertaken so far to understand passengers’ experience of this service and to develop concrete proposals that are designed to bring greater quality, consistency and reliability to the assistance available for disabled passengers. We are consulting on proposals to: Increase the reliability of assistance for disabled passengers by introducing a new standardised
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Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan

Waverley Station is the arrival and departure point for millions of Edinburgh residents and visitors. The growth and renewal of the station is integral to the future prosperity of the city.  To help shape the future of Waverley, Network Rail and City of Edinburgh Council are leading the creation of a Waverley Masterplan alongside our partners from Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and VisitScotland.  The masterplan partners recently appointed ARUP to lead the design team that will shape the Waverley Masterplan.  The design team has begun the initial information gathering stage of the masterplan process.  Customers, stakeholders
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Accessibility Changes Between Glasgow Queen Street & Glasgow Central

Hello, The Great Scottish Run is taking place in Glasgow City Centre on Sunday, 30 September. To accommodate the event, Glasgow City Council will be closing off roads in the city centre – preventing the 398 bus service from running between Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street stations. This will impact customers who need assistance when travelling between these two stations as the road closures mean we’re unable to offer any alternative travel. Affected passengers are being asked to book assistance ahead of their journey and to contact us on 0800 912 2901 if they have any questions or concerns.
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