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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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Changes to accessing Glasgow Queen Street

The Glasgow 2018 European Championships will be held at venues across Scotland from Thursday 2 August until Sunday 12 August.  This will result in changes for access to Glasgow Queen Street. Glasgow City Council is closing roads across Glasgow to accommodate the 2018 European Championships. While ScotRail train services will be running as normal, there will be temporary changes to the 398 bus service that runs between Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, and Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station. These changes will be in place on Wednesday 1 August, Sunday 5 August, Wednesday 8 August, Friday 10 August, and Sunday 12 August.
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Transport in Rural Areas Workshop 

Summary Report  An event was held in Stirling on 18 May 2018 to discuss the issue of transport in rural areas.  The event brought together disabled people, transport providers and other stakeholders, including local councillors to discuss some of the issues affecting rural areas.  There were 12 participants in total.   Presentations  The event began with a presentation by Emma Scott from Disability Equality Scotland.  Disability Equality Scotland are taking forward some of the actions from the Accessible Travel Framework.  This includes engaging and consulting with disabled people on their experiences of using public transport.  Disability Equality Scotland launched a national survey in
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App helps disabled passengers receive personalised support

An app which allows passengers with reduced mobility and hidden disabilities to personalise the assistance they need has been launched at Edinburgh Airport. ‘Welcome’ by Neatebox allows people with disabilities to set up a personal profile and request assistance in advance from facilities and venues which recognise the app, such as Edinburgh Airport. Venues are notified of the request and receive top tips to aid the interaction with the passengers. The app from the Edinburgh-based company, Neatebox, sends a signal to the airport’s Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM) reception to notify staff that the passenger is on their way to
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Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station – Changes to Dundas Street entrance

From Sunday 18 March until mid-May, the current entrance to the high-level from Dundas Street will be moved further up the street closer to the Glasgow Subway and low-level entrance. This is to allow for the latest phase of work on the demolition of Consort House. The new temporary entrance will take customers to the high-level via a walk-way running through the old WH Smith unit. This will take passengers out onto the main high-level concourse. We are advising customers to consider using the North Hanover Street entrance to access high-level services, and are encouraging people to leave extra time
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