Coventry University has announced a £20m grant to help revolutionize transport for people with disabilities by creating the UK’s first evidence center for accessible and inclusive transport. received.
People with disabilities in the UK travel 38% less often than people without disabilities, a figure that has changed over the past decade, according to a study carried out by Motability, a disabled transport charity that provides grants to universities. not.
This low availability of accessible transport affects access to health care, employment, education and social activities for persons with disabilities.
The Evidence Center conducts research and projects to influence policy and transportation providers by demonstrating that accessible transportation can be achieved.
This research is led by people with disabilities and builds on the user-centered approach developed at the University’s National Center for Transportation Design (NTDC), where the Evidence Center is based.
The University will lead a consortium representing several organizations including RiDC and Designability, Connected Places Catapult, Policy Connect and WSP UK.
Paul Herriots, Professor of Transport Design at the University’s Center for Future Transport and Cities, said:
“Motability funding will enable us to conduct innovative applied research that puts people with disabilities at the center of the process.
“We look to people with disabilities to guide us, inform us and help shape the future of public and private transport in the UK.”