Lack of accessibility causes poor experiences of train travel across the UK; with inadequate station infrastructure, difficulty finding a seat or the toilet, and lack of public understanding all cited as common problems.
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The rail industry is invited to nominate stations across Britain that would benefit from improvements to accessibility.
The British railway regulatory authority has granted Stadler approval for the four-car bimodal FLIRT train for the use of Greater Anglia.
ScotRail has teamed up with InterpreterNow to introduce a new British Sign Language (BSL) app to Scotland’s Railway, a first for the UK rail industry.
The contract, which is thought to cost in excess of US$119 million, will see trains equipped with 240 seats and space for 225 standing passengers.
With access to information on every station in Britain, passengers can now plan their journeys according to their needs and have smoother, more reliable, experiences.
The Access for All programme was first launched in 2006 and has delivered more than 200 accessible routes into selected stations so far.
The agreement between Bombardier and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will see an additional module added to each six-car train to provide improved access for passengers with reduced mobility.
Virgin Trains is now ‘JAM card friendly’, which has been extremely successful in Northern Ireland with over 20,000 cards in circulation and 2,000 app users.
This new service simplifies the process of booking travel assistance, whilst providing staff with more time to aid passengers with reduced mobility.
A new project is focused on passenger accessibility and safety, with the end goal of ensuring the railway is easily usable for all.
Following a survey which attracted over 8,000 responses for 107 stations, Southeastern and Network Rail selected stations they feel have the strongest case for funding.