Up to £500,000 available for projects that find new ways to improve transport accessibility

Up to £500,000 available for projects that find new ways to improve transport accessibility

Helping make transport more inclusive, the brand-new competitors will see the UK Government invest approximately ₤ 500,000 in projects that can improve access to services or motivate more self-confidence in disabled individuals.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed a first-of-its-kind competition to discover brand-new ways to improve transportation availability for disabled people across the UK.

DfT introduced the Accessible Technology Research and Innovation Grant (A-TRIG) to mark Purple Tuesday on 3 November 2020; Purple Tuesday takes place annually and focuses on changing the client experience for handicapped people and contacts services to take decisive, useful actions to satisfy the requirements of disabled people.

Example jobs include ways for visually impaired travelers to identify the bus they wish to capture, smartphone apps to report inaccessibility and track progress, and a Way finder-style system to plan bus journeys.

” I wish to harness the power of technology to improve availability for disabled individuals through COVID and beyond. Todays financing will play a key role by finding new and ingenious tasks and ideas to break down barriers and could make a huge difference to peoples lives.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Everybody’s method of taking a trip has actually been impacted by COVID-19, but none more so than those who are disabled. While necessary in tackling the virus I know the extensive use of masks, social distancing and altered schedules has actually been perturbing for individuals with availability issues.

Brighton and Hove Buses and Hover travel have actually accomplished the greatest status as Leaders, with Network Rail and Arriva Kent and Surrey getting Committed status. The Leaders demonstrate best practice and can share their experience with others, while Committed members have demonstrated an excellent structure on which to develop much better services for disabled travelers. More transport operators will be invited to sign up with shortly.

The brand-new competitors comes as the department publishes its two-year update on its Inclusive Transport Strategy (ITS), highlighting the work provided– including expanding Blue Badges to surprise disabilities; launching the Its everyone’s journey public awareness campaign; and funding 59 Changing Places toilets in motorway services, 7 of which have actually now opened– with more to do so next year.

The training has been created with the participation of disabled people and will help change the way staff connect with and support all travelers.

DfT adds that the ongoing success of the Access for All programme, and ease of access improvements delivered as part of other station improvement projects, indicates that more than 75 percent of rail journeys are now through stations with step-free gain access to, compared to around 50 percent in 2005.

Formerly, DfT has actually funded a mobile phone app to assist individuals with dementia utilize public transport to get to health center.

As part of this, DfT has likewise released the Inclusive Transport Leaders Scheme and is announcing the very first business to get accreditation under the scheme.

The departments Access for All programme has now supplied 200 stations with better access throughout Great Britain, with around 100 more to be completed by 2024– a quarter of these in Scotland and Wales.

Transportation companies are also being urged to use free impairment training resources, being released soon by DfT, to train their personnel so handicapped people have a constant and favorable experience, regardless of transportation mode, assisting get rid of one of the biggest barriers to confident travel along with infrastructure enhancements.

Projects that can receive approximately ₤ 500,000 in government funding could offer a variety of practical options that eliminate physical barriers, make it simpler to gain access to information, automate procedures, or see much better assistance for tourists.

Mike Adams OBE, Founder and Creator of Purple Tuesday, commented: “The brand-new grant represents a landmark minute in the history of available transport. From reserving tickets on inaccessible websites to physical access issues on transport routes, journeys on public transportation are disproportionately challenging for disabled individuals. This grant has the possible to be a step-change for handicapped peoples experiences on public transportation.”

More transport operators will be invited to sign up with soon.

Mike Adams OBE, Founder and Creator of Purple Tuesday, commented: “The brand-new grant represents a landmark moment in the history of accessible transportation. From booking tickets on unattainable websites to physical gain access to problems on transportation paths, journeys on public transport are disproportionately challenging for disabled individuals. This grant has the potential to be a step-change for disabled peoples experiences on public transport.”