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News: Queen Street Station Redevelopment Update

Following on from previous updates on the exciting redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station, the lengthening of platforms 4 and 5  has been completed nearly 24-hours ahead of schedule, with the new infrastructure entering into service this morning (14 October) as planned. As part of the £120m project to redevelop Scotland’s third-busiest station, platforms 4 and 5 were closed on 16 September to allow Network Rail to safely undertake a four-week programme to extend both platforms by 26 metres. The completion of this element follows the extension of platforms 2 and 3 earlier this summer. This marks a significant milestone
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News: Scotland Becomes First UK Nation To Ban Pavement Parking

The Scottish Parliament passed a bill on 10 October 2019 to implement a nationwide footway parking ban. The ban means that people in wheelchairs, parents with pushchairs and older adults who are currently forced into oncoming traffic when faced with vehicles blocking their path will now be able to enjoy a new freedom. Disability Equality Scotland supported the campaign led by Living Streets Scotland. We consulted with our members and found that 98% were in agreement that a ban should be introduced. You can view the results of our poll on our Your Say on Disability website: www.yoursayondisability.scot/weekly-poll-results/ For more information about the
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Consultation Reminder: National Transport Strategy

A new National Transport Strategy for Scotland is now open for consultation. The National Transport Strategy (NTS2) sets out our vision for the next 20 years and was developed in collaboration with over 60 partner organisations around Scotland. The global climate emergency and the role of transport in helping to deliver net-zero emissions by 2045 is a key priority, along with how transport can play its part in building a fairer society – including reducing child poverty. The strategy redefines investment priorities, putting sustainable and public transport at the heart of decision-making. Read the National Transport Strategy and have your
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Scotland’s public transport firms face legal action over access for all

Transport operators face legal action if their services do not meet the needs of disabled and older passengers. The move is part of a strategy funded by Scotland’s equalities watchdog to prevent discrimination and ensure equal access to public transport. The Equality and Human Rights Commission says it will vigorously defend the rights of disabled and older passengers. It says operators often fail in their legal duty to ensure easy access.The watchdog is now looking to support people who are challenging this kind of discrimination. It has vowed to back complaints with advice and assistance and provide funding for legal
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News: New fully-accessible railway bridge opens at Stirling station

Stirling’s fully-accessible footbridge and lifts have opened for passengers. In a £4m investment, the station’s historic lattice footbridge has been raised up and reinstalled along with a new lift to create step-free access to all platforms. The new bridge was officially opened on Monday (September 9) by Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford and Clackmannanshire MSP Keith Brown, alongside Kris Kinnear, Network Rail Scotland’s Capital Delivery Director Keith Brown MSP said: “The opening of a fully-accessible bridge is very welcome news for passengers and creates a much-needed step-free access to all platforms within this historic station. “This new facility will make a
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News: Badenoch and Strathspey Disabled Access Guide Goes Digital!

A ground-breaking guide to help disabled people gain access to all areas around Badenoch and Strathspey has been so successful in hard copy that it’s now going digital. Badenoch and Strathspey Access Panel’published the colourful and comprehensive “Disabled Access Guide” a few months ago as a practical ring-bound book. The Panel’s chairperson told the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald: “The hard copies have been so popular that our stock has run out.” But Morag Campbell was delighted to be able to announce: “The guide can now be accessed by going into the App Store on a computer. “Those wanting to access
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News: Glasgow Queen Street station – Passenger Assistance desk

The Passenger Assistance desk at Queen Street station has been relocated due to the rain and also the crowds impeding access at the gateline.  The desk is now located by the hoardings across from platforms 2 & 3.  We hope that this will be a better position for the duration of the works.
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News: Queen Street Station Redevelopment – Update

Following on from the last update on the successful completion of extensions to platforms 2 and 3 at Glasgow Queen Street station,  we will shortly begin work to extend platforms 4 and 5. As part of the £120m project to transform Scotland’s third busiest-station, extending platforms 4 and 5 by 26 metres enables longer electric trains of up to eight carriages to use the station. From 1st to 16th September, ahead of the platform extensions, a small island worksite area will be cordoned off within the concourse to the buffer end of platforms 4 and 5, as we undertake preparatory
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News: Kilwinning Station – New lifts opening from 23 August 2019

From Friday 23 August, 3 new passenger lifts will be brought into service at Kilwinning Station. These lifts will provide step-free access across all 4 of the platforms at the station, a huge improvement on the existing ramps down to the each station platform from the adjacent road. Please share this across your networks to ensure as many of our patrons are made aware and able to benefit from these improved accessibility enhancements from 23 August 2019.
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Blog: The Toilet Woman – Importance of Changing Places Toilets

My name is Jill Clark and I have cerebral palsy, which means that I have to use a wheelchair most of the time. I am also known as “The Toilet Woman” as I campaign for Changing Places toilets. Frustratingly, each journey I make has to be carefully planned, as a standard accessible toilet isn’t suitable for me. Changing Places toilets accommodate my needs as they have extra room for up to two carers and a wheelchair, as well as equipment such as a tracking hoist and an adult changing bench. In Scotland there are 193 Changing Places toilets and fewer
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