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ScotRail – Rail Awareness Open Day

ScotRail would like to take this opportunity to advise you that the next Rail Awareness Open Day (the first of 2017) is confirmed for Glasgow Central on 29 March from 1230 – 1430. Rail Awareness Open Day is an information event to promote what ScotRail do for existing and potential rail users with reduced mobility or simply those who need assistance with their journeys. It provides a learning opportunity to those with reduced mobility on the level of service available and the support they can receive form ScotRail when planning and undertaking their journey by train. ScotRail feel it is
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Call for evidence on the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009

Closing date: Wednesday 15 March 2017 About this call for evidence. The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has launched a call for written evidence as part of its post legislative scrutiny of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009. The Committee want to hear your thoughts on how it is working and whether the Act has achieved its objective to prevent disabled persons’ parking places being occupied by those that are not entitled to use them by making all permanent disabled street parking places enforceable. If you would like more information on the call for evidence, please
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ScotRail Online Research Panel

ScotRail is continuously looking to improve train services in Scotland and in order for this to happen, Stakeholder engagement at different levels is important to them and as such have launched an online panel giving everyone an opportunity to have their say. ScotRail want to hear your opinions and views how they can improve train services. If you are already a member of the online panel, there is no need for you to register again but you could ask others to register too. In order to take part, all you need is to sign up to The Platform, ScotRail online
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Disabled man wins UK Supreme Court case

A disabled man has won a Supreme Court case after a dispute with a woman with a buggy over wheelchair space on a bus. The case began when Mr Paulley attempted to board a FirstGroup-operated bus but was left at the bus stop after a woman with a sleeping baby in a pram refused to move from the wheelchair area. The ruling means that bus drivers will have to do more to ensure wheelchair users can get on buses, by pressuring non-wheelchair users to move from the designated wheelchair space. The court ruled that bus operator FirstGroup’s policy of requiring
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Scottish Transport Awards

There is still time to submit an entry for Accessibility Project of the Year at the Scottish Transport Awards. Entries for the 2017 Scottish Transport Awards are being accepted online at www.transporttimes.co.uk up until 17th February 20167. The awards are free to enter and the judges welcome any updates to projects submitted in previous years. About the Awards The awards are supported by the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and Network Rail, and recognise excellence in transport and reward innovation and progress for transport initiatives which are really working in Scotland. The ceremony will take place on 15th June at the Radisson Blu
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Tryb4ufly

Tryb4uFly provides disabled adults and children the opportunity to try seating and transfer options in a realistic fuselage setting before they fly.
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EVENT: Passengers with Reduced Mobility Open Day – Your guide to flying with a disability

 Edinburgh Airport, assisted by the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People Tryb4ufly service, invite you to join us for one or both of:  A practical session to learn how to make your journeys by air as smooth as possible (10am until 3pm).  A consultation group to allow collaboration between the airport, the disabled community and frequent reduced mobility travellers (3pm until 5pm). The day is suitable for individual travellers, parents of disabled children, and assisting health professionals who are considering flying. With industry experts and the team at Edinburgh Airport we guide you through the whole journey by air, from
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Improved accessibility for Scottish ferry networks

The second round of awards from the Ferries Accessibility Fund will see around £180,000 spent on projects to further improve accessibility on Scotland’s ferries, Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf has announced. The successful bidders are Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Serco Northlink Ferries, Scrabster Harbour Trust, Shetland Islands Council and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. The Ferries Accessibility Fund started taking applications in November 2014 and is open to bids from the public and private sector. It aims to make improvements to existing vessels and harbours that go beyond regulatory standards set for accessibility. The awards are made on
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Travelling Well with Dementia

Upstream is planning its first conference and you’re invited! If Scotland is to support people living with dementia to maintain their independence, continue community activities and retain social connections, then transport and related mobility providers need to respond and develop in ways that are informed by real-life experience. Upstream can help transport providers to understand how they can do this by designing processes that put people with dementia at the heart of future mobility design. Upstream has spent six months meeting and working with some fantastic people around Scotland and beyond – people affected by dementia, transport service providers and
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Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station – Taxi Access

  Edinburgh Access Panel have been working on issues around access at Waverley Station for many years. Recently they had a meeting with Miles Briggs MSP, who has launched a petition with a view to getting taxis allowed back into Waverley after they were banned from the station in 2014. The reason why this is important is that, at the moment, the journey for disabled passengers from taxi to train and from train to taxi is a severe challenge. Taxi drop-off and pick-up are in a variety of places outside the station, entailing an arduous (and sometimes hazardous) obstacle, especially
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