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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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Glasgow Queen Street Station Update – June 2020

Work on the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station was paused the week commencing the 23 March 2020. This was in line with Scottish Government guidance on the closure of all non-essential construction sites in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. I am contacting you today to advise that the site has reopened this morning, Monday 1 June, for two weeks only to allow essential work to the public areas outside Queen Street. This is to ensure safe, physical distancing measures can be put in place for those accessing the station when we ease out of lockdown and passenger flow starts to
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Active Travel: Stirling Area Access Panel Have Their Say

The following is an article about Active Travel by Robert Dick, chair of Stirling Area Access Panel, who work to improve physical access and wider social inclusion in Stirling and the surrounding area: “It was very interesting to read about the Scottish Government’s ‘£10 million to support pop-up active travel infrastructure’ in last month’s Disability Equality News – Issue 29.   Since 2014, Stirling Area Access Panel has been involved with Active Travel Projects in Stirlingshire and more recently under the umbrella term of ‘Walk, Cycle, Live Stirling’.  All these projects are primarily funded by Sustrans and implemented by the
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Transport Transition Plan

New guidance for passengers and operators in Scotland has been produced to help prepare for the lifting of some lockdown restrictions. The new travel guidance is published as part of the Transport Transition Plan. It follows the publication of a detailed route map by the Scottish Government regarding next steps: COVID-19: Scotland’s route map for transitioning through and out of the crisis. The guidance advises passengers about when and how to safely access public transport through good hand hygiene, respecting physical distancing, using face coverings and avoiding busier times.   The plan is clear that continuing to work from home should be
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Thistle Assistance Webinar, Monday 11 May

In partnership with The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), we hosted a webinar about the Thistle Assistance Card and App, an initiative to help disabled people feel safer and more comfortable when using public transport. View the webinar:
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£10 million to support pop-up active travel infrastructure

To better enable physical distancing, the Scottish Government will fully fund a new infrastructure programme for pop-up walking and cycling routes or temporary improvements to existing routes. This will be supported by a package of guidance and support to local authorities from Transport Scotland and Sustrans Scotland for improvements such as widened pavements and cycle lanes. Across the world, cities have seen increased rates of cycling as the number of car journeys have declined due to COVID restrictions – and many cities have responded to this by reallocating road space to better enable this shift and make it safer for
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COVID-19: Social Distancing as a Wheelie

What is two metres? The height of a human who is six feet and six inches, the total length of a buffalo or cow or the approximate width of three wheelchairs side by side. You choose which image to keep in your mind. As a wheelie trying to maintain social distancing during my once a day exercise or when connecting during essential journeys, I am finding it difficult and frustrating trying to maintain a two metre distance from others.  Let’s start from home. We all know the good old saying “there’s no place like home” though I would suggest for
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