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Government announces funding to improve public transport accessibility for disabled people

Shared by Learning Disability Today The government has announced a £2.5 million funding package which will support people with disabilities to travel more confidently on public transport. The funding includes £1.5 million to support 13 Mobility Centres across England and £1 million for lifeline ferries and seaports serving the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly. The Accessibility Minister, Wendy Morton said the money will “help people to access services… and scale up and extend the services [the government] has been…

young woman on a bus with a smile on her face

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Government announces £2.5 million package to improve public transport accessibility for disabled people

Shared by Learning Disability Today The government has announced a £2.5 million funding package which will support people with disabilities to travel more confidently on public transport. The funding includes £1.5 million to support 13 Mobility Centres across England and £1 million for lifeline ferries and seaports serving the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly. The Accessibility Minister, Wendy Morton said the money will “help people to access services… and scale up and extend the services [the government]…

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Apply to be a disability and access ambassador

The Cabinet Office’s Disability Unit is looking for 14 disability and access ambassadors. “There are currently 8 ambassadors who use their influential status as leaders in their sectors to drive improvements to the accessibility, and quality, of services and facilities in their sector.” “A further 10 ambassadors finished their terms of service earlier this year, and we are looking for ambassadors both to replace them and to represent new sectors (which we have identified in consultation with disabled people and…

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Download the new First Bus App to plan journeys, see available capacity and buy tickets all in one place

A message from First Buses To help you travel with confidence we have developed new functionality in our Mobile App. And with our latest update, version 4.8, you can now track your bus live on a map so you know exactly where it is and when it will get to your stop. What’s more, each bus now displays in real time if the wheelchair space is free and how many empty seats there are, to help you plan your journey.…

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COVID-19 guidance: Can I share a private vehicle with someone from another household?

Can I share a private vehicle with someone from another household? The Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership have created easy-read guidance about the latest Coronavirus rules. You can download the booklet below. Full guidance: You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to, try to: share the transport with the same people each time keep to small groups of people at any one time open windows for ventilation travel side…

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COVID-19 update: £50 insurance-based refund cheque for all customers

Please see the statement from Motability below: As lockdown has led to fewer drivers on the road in April and May, the Scheme has seen a lower level of claims, enabling it to share this saving with customers. As a result, for the past few weeks we have been sending an insurance-based refund of £50 to all customers. We have made this decision in consultation with Motability, the Charity, and are automatically issuing the rebate by cheque, so there is…

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Face coverings/face masks: latest advice 15th June 2020

Keep Safe have made some easy-read posters and information cards following the latest government advice around face masks. Free to print or use digitally. Use them on their own or in combinations to get the message across. Thank you to Keep Safe for these latest resources. They have also made some digital resources that you can save on your phone to show people when out and about. If you want to download a card as a photo to show on…

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Training with Autism

Meet Rahman and Murtaza who tell us what it is like to travel with Autism. Thanks to both for helping us understand the challenges that people with Autism face when using public transport and travelling.

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The Inclusive Transport Strategy: achieving equal access for disabled people

The government’s plans to make our transport system more inclusive and better for disabled people. Transport is at the heart of how we live our lives. It helps us get to work, stay in touch with friends and family, contribute to society and access vital services like healthcare and education. Easy access to transport is central to building a stronger, fairer economy. While many take for granted the ability to travel easily from A to B, this is not the…

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Stowmarket station to go step-free

The Access for All Scheme helps train stations be more accessible. Lots of money was made available from the Government to improve facilities at stations across the country. Stowmarket was successful in its bid to build a new bridge and lifts. “It’s wonderful that it is happening. Hopefully other stations will go through the bids in years to come.” Mark Conquer “We were very pleased to hear that the scheme for a new bridge and lifts for Stowmarket was successful. This…

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Sizewell C consultation

EDF Energy & China General Nuclear Power Group are developing proposals to build a new nuclear power station called Sizewell C. This will be right next to the current Sizewell B station on the Suffolk Coast. The plans are now in the third stage of consultation with local communities in Suffolk. The partnership is keen to hear the views from as many people as possible. Your feedback, along with more technical work, will help shape the final proposals. There is now…

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Gatwick is the First UK Airport to Open Sensory Room

The new sensory room at Gatwick airport is a calming space for passengers with special needs to relax before their flight. “The new space in the North Terminal has been designed for passengers with autism, dementia, cognitive impairment or other special needs who would benefit from a designated place to help them feel at ease before their flight. Passengers using the sensory room have the option to transform it from a calming and relaxing environment to a stimulating interactive space…

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Greater Anglia, Stakeholder Equality Group

Members of the Information, Communication & Advocacy Workstream attended the first Greater Anglia Stakeholder Equality Group meeting of 2018. The meeting looks at how to make things better for people with disabilities who use Greater Anglia services. The meetings are Chaired by the Accessibility Manager at Greater Anglia. The group looked at key areas of interest and identified topics: Built environment: Toilets and dog spending pens Smaller station accessibility issues (Suffolk) Safe Spaces Information, travel tickets/future/etc Information at stations (printed or digital) Assisted…

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