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News: Physical distancing reduced to one metre on Scotland’s Railway

On Monday 27 July, ScotRail reduced physical distancing on trains and at stations to a minimum of one metre. This is following the new guidance from the Scottish Government issued on 2 July. ScotRail introduced steps to keep staff and passengers safe, including the provision of hand sanitiser and face masks at the busiest stations in the country. Face coverings are mandatory at stations and on trains, with exemptions in place. Platform markings and guidance at ticket vending machines are supporting station announcements and messages on customer information screens, to help customers during their journey. People are urged to consider
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Spaces for People Webinar, Tuesday 7 July

On Tuesday 7 July Disability Equality Scotland hosted a webinar discussion on the Spaces for People Initiative. We welcomed colleagues from Sustrans Scotland, Transport Scotland’s Active Travel Team and the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) to discuss the temporary infrastructure programme which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel during COVID-19.
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Face Mask Exemption: Not Everyone Can Wear One

The use of face coverings is now mandatory in Scotland in shops and on public transport.  It is important to recognise that not everyone can wear a face covering. People are exempt if: They have a disability or health condition that means they cannot put a covering on A covering will cause them severe distress or anxiety They need to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading They have a reasonable need to eat, drink or take medicine There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor or government that you are
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Disability Equality Scotland praises new app function that allows wheelchair users to track accessible spaces on First Buses

  Disability Equality Scotland has praised national bus operator First Bus for fast-tracking technology which will enable wheelchair users to track accessible spaces on their local bus services in ‘real-time’. The mobile app update, available now, enables customers across the UK to view available wheelchair spaces across its fleet. This important innovation makes bus travel easier by tracking wheelchair capacity through an icon that moves across a virtual map. The update forms part of a fast-tracked investment in the app which has seen First become the first UK bus operator to not only allow bus passengers to live track the location of
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Safe and Inclusive Ferries for All: Customer Experience Survey

Feeling safe to travel and get around is essential if we are going to realise our rights and achieve our potential. That is why CalMac and Disability Equality Scotland, with support from the Transport Scotland Ferries Accessibility Fund, are partnering to improve the experiences of disabled people onboard.  We will be working together to ensure that disabled people have safe and inclusive journeys. An important part of this is making sure that people know how to report any abuse or mistreatment. This project builds on the success of the pilot carried out in 2019 on the train and bus networks.
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Face coverings mandatory on public transport from 22 June

Face coverings became mandatory on public transport on Monday 22 June, as part of operators’ preparations for progress towards recovery and to reduce the risk of transmission. The move was set out by the First Minister in tandem with the announcement that Scotland will move through phase 2 of the routemap in stages over the next three weeks. It will apply to all passengers and staff in public areas, although there will be exemptions especially for those who are not able to wear a face covering for specific medical reasons. Children under five will also be exempt. View advice on how to
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New Webinar: Spaces for People 

Join Disability Equality Scotland on Tuesday 7 July at 11am as we host a webinar discussion on the Spaces for People Initiative. We’ll be welcoming colleagues from Sustrans Scotland, Transport Scotland’s Active Travel Team and the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) as we hear about ‘Spaces for People’ a new, temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel during COVID-19. Sign up today to join the Webinar on Zoom: https://bit.ly/30Dx9IS
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Glasgow Queen Street Station – Essential Work Completes

Essential work taking place (1st  -15th June) to the public areas outside Queen Street is now complete. The surfacing  to the pavements on West George Street and Dundas Street is to ensure safe, physical distancing measures can be put in place for those accessing the station when passenger flow gradually starts to increase. Completion of this work also means that the entrance on Dundas Street, which was closed in mid-March, has now reopened – as too has the new gateline just inside Dundas Street, which provides access to the Low Level for platforms 8 and 9. As mentioned previously, we are
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Disability Equality Scotland poll indicates 99% had concerns over physical distancing

“I was spat at yesterday for asking someone to clear my space.” This is just one of many comments received by Disability Equality Scotland in their recent poll of disabled people on the topic of physical distancing.  In collaboration with the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) Disability Equality Scotland posed the question ‘During your daily exercise or when undertaking essential journeys, have you experienced any issues with physical distancing?”  The poll generated over 900 responses with the vast majority (99%) stating they had experienced difficulties. Key concerns related to infrastructure, with pavements not being wide enough, nor equipped
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Disability Equality Scotland launches new project dedicated to tackling Hate Crime

We are delighted to be continuing our work on tackling hate crime with new funding from the Ferries Accessibility Fund.  This fund from Transport Scotland aims to improve the accessibility of ferries and ports and to enhance the ferry travelling experience of disabled people. Disability Equality Scotland has secured funding to pilot a Hate Crime Charter on the ferries network.  This project builds on the success of the pilot carried out in 2019 on the train and bus networks. The aim of this specific project is to trial a Hate Crime Charter, essentially a poster which raises awareness of hate
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