Posts by James Davidson

ScotRail: Road closures affecting accessible travel during the Santa Dash Event

On Sunday 9th December the Station Link bus that runs between Glasgow Central & Glasgow Queen Street via Buchanan Street bus station will be unable to run due to the Santa Dash until 16:00. Alternative travel options will not be available due to the extensive road closures surrounding both Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central stations. If you require further information staff onsite will be able to help, or; By visiting any staffed station on our network Online: Assisted Travel booking form Free Assisted Travel Helpline: 0800 912 2901 Assisted Travel Textphone: 18001 0800 912 2 901 (for people who
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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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Accessible Travel Orkney – Event Summary

Disability Equality Scotland and Access Panel Orkney were delighted with the turnout to their Accessible Travel Event on 20 September 2018 at the Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall.  The event was a chance to hear from different transport providers about the work they have been doing to improve accessibility and for frank discussions on the challenges of traveling independently as a disabled person around Orkney. Emma Scott, Equality Projects Manager said “This was very much an opportunity for disabled people to share their experiences; not to berate or complain to providers, but to have an open discussion about the impact that an inaccessible journey
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Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) – Annual Report 2017-18

Overview The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) was established in 2002 and is an advisory non departmental public body. The Convener and Members are appointed by the Minister for Transport and the Islands. MACS was formally constituted under section 72 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001. Prior to this advice was provided by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) on a UK wide basis and there was no equivalent Scottish body. The role of MACS is set out in the Act as being to: consider matters about the needs of disabled persons in connection with transport that the committee think
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Access to Stirling Railway Station

Platform 6/9 footbridge The planning application proposing to convert the existing lattice footbridge on platforms 6/9 into a fully accessible structure has been approved by Stirling Council, subject to conditions which include the reuse of sandstone and handrails on the platform 9/10 stairs reconstruction. The footbridge will be closed from mid-August while engineers prepare the structure for removal and a temporary footbridge will be in use for passengers from this time. The lattice footbridge will be removed for refurbishment and then reinstalled higher above the rails to enable the line underneath to be electrified. It will also be converted into
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Extending the concessionary travel scheme

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, has today announced that the National Concessionary Travel Scheme will be extended to companions of eligible disabled children aged under five, which could result in over 3000 families and children additionally benefitting from the bus pass. Additionally, Mr Matheson announced that the age of eligibility will not change for the National Concessionary Travel Scheme and that the options to provide free bus travel for Modern Apprentices will continue to be considered. The consultation on the scheme closed in November 2017, with nearly 3000 responses received from people and organisations all across
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