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News: Communication with Transport Providers in Scotland – Report Published

We are delighted to be launching our summary report on the four-part weekly poll series we conducted in October and November 2022! This series of questions focused on experiences of communication with transport providers in a variety of forms and across all key modes of transport, including bus, rail, and ferries. The key forms of communication that the series focused on were access to information, points of contact with transport providers, formats of inclusive communication being provided, and experiences with consultation and coproduction. This report was an opportunity to highlight current lived experiences relating to communication with transport providers in
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Webinar Invite: Join us for Discussing the future of the Accessible Travel Framework

Wednesday 8 February 2023 2:00pm – 3:30pm This webinar will be an opportunity to discuss what you think the key priorities for Accessible Travel in Scotland should be in the coming years and share your insights about what impactful change you would like to see. We will hear from Steven Dora the Accessible Travel and Blue Badge Policy Team Leader for Transport Scotland and Lyn Pornaro the Chief Executive Officer for Disability Equality Scotland. They will both share updates of where Transport Scotland and Disability Equality Scotland are now with the work being done in relation to the Accessible Travel
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Glasgow Airport to Pilot Special Assistance Passenger Support App

Glasgow Airport is trialling an app to ensure all passengers who require additional support get the help they need. Approximately 25% of requests for special assistance are made on the day of travel and are not pre-arranged for a number of reasons.  The PRM Assist app will supplement the current service which is usually pre-arranged by the passenger via their airline or booking agent. This means that Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM) passengers who have been unable to book assistance with their airline can do so using the new app, or it will allow the airport’s service provider OCS to
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Save the Date: Discussing the Future of the Accessible Travel Framework

Join us on 8 February 2023 from 11:00am to 12:30pm as we host an online discussion about the Accessible Travel Framework.  This webinar is an opportunity to discuss what you think the key priorities for Accessible Travel in Scotland should be in the coming years and share your insights about what impactful change you would like to see. We will hear from key staff at Transport Scotland and Disability Equality Scotland, who will share updates of where we are now and what they feel are the key priorities of the framework from the perspective of their organisations moving forward. We
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Hate Crime Charter Relaunches

On Wednesday 26 October Disability Equality Scotland joined the relaunch of the National Hate Crime Charter, a zero-tolerance policy to hate crime on Scotland’s public transport network. We are asking key organisations to commit to this policy to actively challenge the status quo around hate crime in Scotland where within this disability makes up 11% of hate crimes in Scotland and 97% of disability hate crime goes unreported. At this event we were joined by representatives from Glasgow Disability Alliance, BEMIS, Police Scotland, the Crown Office, and COPFS who raised awareness of important topics around hate crime, such as third-party
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National (Scotland) Concessionary Travel for Blind Persons

This card is available for travel by blind persons. It should be in the style shown on the image featured below, with an ‘eye’ symbol next to the C.           Card Holders may travel Free of Charge in Standard Class accommodation (no ticket to be issued) on the following services at any time:- All train services between stations within Scotland and as far as Carlisle and Berwick upon Tweed, by all operators. Companions Generally, companions are NOT included in this scheme. However, where a Local Scheme is in place the Local Authority who have issued the card is identified on
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Transport Themed Open Door Magazine Published!

  The latest edition of the Disability Equality Scotland magazine Open Door is themed on ‘Accessible Travel’. The magazine also brings you news and information from Disability Equality Scotland, Access Panels, and Disabled People’s Organisations across Scotland. In this transport themed issue, you will find: Inform: Patron’s Welcome – Introduction by Monica Lennon MSP, Disabled People Shaping the Public Transport Network – Update from Emma Scott, Safe Ferries for All – Update from Fiach O’Broin-Molloy Support: Articles from organisations that are striving to make transport more accessible, inclusive and safer for disabled people Accessible Travel Hub: Details of the website that is
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Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland – Appointment of Members

Scottish Ministers are looking to make up to three appointments to the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS), an independent advisory committee to Scottish Ministers on making transport more accessible for disabled people. If you are interested in or have a background in Transport Accessibility or you are aware and understand the issues that affect disabled people when using public transport; can build and maintain relationships; are able to reflect the views of disabled people, especially people with hidden disabilities; and could challenge transport providers, local authorities and the Government to do more or to do things differently, then this may
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Watch: Reducing Car Travel Webinar

On Thursday 28 April 2022, we hosted a webinar in partnership with Transport Scotland about the Scottish Government’s strategy to reduce car kilometres, and the needs of disabled people in supporting a national reduction in car travel. In January 2022, Transport Scotland published a draft route map to achieve a 20% reduction in car kilometres by 2030. The route map features four key behaviours that Transport Scotland want everyone in Scotland to consider when planning journeys: make use of online options to reduce your need to travel; choose local destinations to reduce the distance you travel; switch to walking, wheeling,
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Travel in Scotland Focus Group

A group of researchers from the University of Bath are conducting focus groups to understand Scottish people’s experiences of travel, and to gather feedback on some materials they have designed about travelling around Scotland. Focus groups will be running online and will last for approximately one hour. The groups will contain between 4-7 participants and will be scheduled at a time that is suitable for you and other participants. You will be compensated £20 for your time. To find out more information, and to check if you’re eligible to participate, please go to: http://bit.ly/travelfocusgroup
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