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Transport to Health and Social Care

The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) has recently been focusing on identifying the barriers disabled people face when planning, booking, identifying what’s available and using transport to get to medical appointments and healthcare facilities. To better understand the current barriers and respond to disabled people’s concerns, MACS has established an internal working sub-group for the purpose of evidence gathering and mapping out the current situation across the country.  MACS also asked Disability Equality Scotland to run weekly polls (in November 2018 and August 2019) asking members whether they experienced any problems with booking or using transport to health services. Based
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Queen Street Redevelopment

Queen street station continues to be re-developed. In February and March 2020, there are a number of changes that are due to take place in the station layout: 28th January to 23rd February – access to/from platforms 8 and 9, via Platform 2, will be closed overnight, Sundays to Thursdays from 8pm to 5.30am. Access from the High Level to Low Level will be via the lifts on Platform 7 and the stairs at the North Hanover Street entrance Access from the Low Level to the High Level will be via the lifts on platforms 8 and 9, and also the
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Aberdeen Accessible Travel Event

Disability Equality Scotland is pleased to announce that we are hosting an Accessible Transport event in Aberdeen on 19 February 2020 at Jury’s Inn Hotel Aberdeen on Guild Street, between 12pm – 3pm. The aim of this event is to bring together representatives from equality groups with transport providers to discuss specific issues relating to travel and transport around the local area. If you would like to attend, sign up online using Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2uh3lUe Or call our office on: 0141 370 0968
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Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot

Disability Equality Scotland is working with Stagecoach East, First Scotland East and ScotRail to pilot a new Hate Crime Charter.  The aim of the Pilot is to encourage transport providers, members of the public and other services to support a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime. Each transport provider involved believes everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated on their services. Examples of hate crime will be taken seriously, and incidents will be reported to Police Scotland. The Charter is being piloted in the following locations: First Bus East –
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Thistle Assistance: A little extra help from A to B

Calling all travellers! Thistle Assistance has officially launched its brand-new look with a newly- designed Thistle Assistance card, app and website to help make travelling by public transport in Scotland more comfortable and accessible for everyone. Thistle Assistance is all about helping to relieve travel anxiety and encouraging people to feel confident when using different forms of public transport across Scotland. Anxiety UK found that ‘the main causes reported of anxiety whilst travelling were the behaviour and attitudes of other people, and difficulties finding the way, including the fear of being lost’. The Thistle Assistance card and app seek to
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Engineering Works In Edinburgh Friday 27 and Sunday 29 December

Network Rail are carrying out vital engineering work near Haymarket between Friday 27 and Sunday 29 December. This means services on several routes to and from Edinburgh will start and terminate before reaching the two stations. We envisage that there will also be high demand for accessible taxis during this time such that if you require one, you may be forced to wait longer than expected. We therefore advise that if you’re planning to travel to the Edinburgh on these dates, please consider making alternative arrangements, particularly on Saturday, 28 December. The engineering works will affect the following routes: Friday,
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Hate Crime Charter – First Bus Join Pilot!

First Bus has joined Stagecoach East in piloting our Hate Crime Charter. Transport Scotland’s Hate Crime Working Group, led by Disability Equality Scotland have conducted a series of public consultations on the topic, which led to the creation of a Hate Crime Charter. The Charter sets out our stance on Hate Crime.  First Bus believes that everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated on their services. Issues of hate crime will be taken seriously, and incidents will be reported to Police Scotland. First Bus has begun piloting the Charter
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Do you need legal support to help a disabled or older person resolve a transport issue?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission wants to hear about disabled and older people who have experienced discrimination when using, or trying to use, public transport in Scotland. Who can apply? Advisers and solicitors on behalf of a client who is older or disabled In limited circumstances we may be able to accept applications from individuals who are older or disabled What is covered by the project? Trains, trams, subway, buses, coaches, taxis, minicabs, hire vehicles, recovery vehicles, boats and ferries (land-based services only), booking and other communication with operators (by phone, online or in person), access to transport premises.
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Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot!

Disability Equality Scotland is delighted to be working with Stagecoach East as part of a pilot programme on behalf of Transport Scotland, designed to tackle hate crime on public transport. Transport Scotland’s Hate Crime Working Group, led by Disability Equality Scotland have conducted a series of public consultations on the topic, which led to the creation of a Hate Crime Charter. The Charter sets out our stance on Hate Crime. Stagecoach East believes that everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated on their services.Issues of hate crime will be
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Scottish Transport Awards 2020 Open For Nominations!

Disability Equality Scotland is excited to be working with the Transport Times to sponsor next year’s Scottish Transport Awards. We will be presenting the Excellence in Transport Accessibility award. An entry in this category covers projects or initiatives that can demonstrate improved access to travel or the travel experience for disabled people. The Transport Times will be looking for entries which highlight innovation, the extent to which the proposer has sought to build upon learning through engagement with disabled people, positive team or partnership collaboration, and the extent to which they benefit disabled people who are in hard-to-reach groups. Key
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