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Survey: Strathclyde University – Safety and experience for those with reduced mobility while using buses

To all people who have ever found using the bus uncomfortable or even been injured from it, I would love to hear from you! My name is Hannah and I’m a final year product design engineering student at Strathclyde University. For my master’s project, I am aiming to design a product to improve the safety and experience for those with reduced mobility while using buses. Public transport is essential in many people’s lives, especially those who do not drive, for giving them freedom to travel to work, visit friends and family, leisure and appointments. It is also more environmentally friendly
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News: Audio and visual funding for buses will make journeys accessible for all

Buses around Great Britain will become more accessible for disabled passengers thanks to a new partnership with the Real Time Information Group (RTIG). The group, which supports good practice in the use of communications technology on public transport, will work with the Department for Transport to allocate £2 million of funding to small bus operators for audible and visible on-board information. With around 50% of public transport journeys made on buses, this funding will help to ensure that passengers can board more buses with greater confidence, knowing where they are and when to get off. It coincides with the launch
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News: Disability Equality Scotland Poll Highlights Support for Hate Crime Charter

In the latest poll by Disability Equality Scotland, 92% (106 respondents) supported the introduction of a Hate Crime Charter on public transport. Disability Equality Scotland lead a Working Group to take forward the Hate Crime Charter project. The aim of the project is to create a recognised system to encourage transport providers, members of the public and other services to support a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime. Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to their members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 14 October 2019, the following question was posed: “Would a Hate Crime
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News: National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019 takes place from 12th – 19th October 2019. Disability Equality Scotland works with various organisations to help promote awareness of hate crime and how to report it. A disability hate crime is: “Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability.” Disability hate incidents can take many forms including: • verbal and physical abuse• teasing• bullying• threatening behaviour• online abuse• threatening or insulting texts• damage to property Disability Safety Hub – www.disabilitysafety.scot Last year,
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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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