The Transport project is part of our work on Inclusive Communities. Its aims, project updates and group members can be found below.
To improve the travel experience for disabled people
This project has already improved travel and transport for disabled people through the successful introduction, last year by Blackpool Transport, of the ‘Safe Journey Card’ (SJC), which makes it easier for disabled people to access buses and trams in Blackpool. This is particularly useful for people with less obviously visible, sensory or communication disabilities who can use the card to show the driver and get that added bit of help.
The project went on to focus on improving the disability awareness training that drivers receive and has now improved the content of all driver training courses, within Blackpool Transport, by including disabled people in delivering personal experience and information.
We are now working with a range of transport providers across the UK, using the proven success of DAA members local schemes as models for good practice.
February 2016 – The group was delighted to launch the video developed by Stephen Brookes, Blackpool Transport, the Office for Disability Issues and volunteer trainers. This can be found here.
January 2016 – The group are in the process of producing a video that can then be used to promote the successes of the project around the UK. This video is a collaboration between Stephen Brookes, Blackpool Transport, the Office for Disability Issues and volunteer trainers.
August 2015 – The group is looking to meet with Blackpool Transport and Stephen Brookes is looking at how TFL can use the Blackpool model of training.
June 2015 – Letters written in collaboration with the Department for Transport (DfT) were sent in June to the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) to open discussions about rolling out cards and training nationally. We are currently awaiting responses. DAA Member, Blue Assist is supporting the project given the links that they have already established in the rail network.
May 2015 – The DAA transport project group have joined up with Transport Focus (formerly Passenger Focus) to engage with transport providers.
February 2015 – This project originally started by concentrating efforts on improving disability accessibility and awareness on buses. The project is now also looking to share its learning with train networks.
January 2015 – Stephen Brookes, chair of the DAA transport group, and eight other disabled people will now be delivering training for every bus and tram driver in Blackpool. This is a great success.
August 2014 – Success has already been achieved in Blackpool with introduction of the ‘Safe Journey Card’ and disabled people being involved in how driver training is delivered. Plans are now to extend these good practices to other parts of the country.
Chair: Stephen Brookes – Disability Hate Crime Network
Alan Avis – Sense
Alick MacKenzie – Enabled City
Amanda Topps – Lancashire County Council
Andrew Jeffreys – Arriva Bus UK
Barbara Dewar – Blue Assist UK
Bryan Lindop – Blackpool Transport
Cam Nicholl – Digital Accessibility Centre
Chris Davis – Blackpool Transport
David Beer – Passenger Focus
David Sidebottom – Passenger Focus
Elena Barcan – Department for Transport
John Birtwistle- First Group
Lindsay Armstrong – Royal National Institute for the Blind
Martin Dean – Go Ahead
Navteg Tung – West Berkshire Council
Professor Roger Mackett – University College London
Robbie Dean – Ipswich busses
Sharon Maddix – Department for Transport