Trans04-05Press Notice01

Disabled People's Access to Transport: Follow-Up

Disabled People's Access to Transport: Follow-Up

The Transport Committee will be taking evidence to follow-up its Disabled People's Access to Transport inquiry on Wednesday 1 December at 2.45 pm.

Last November the Transport Committee took evidence on Disabled People's Access to Transport, and in March this year it issued a report dealing with the transport issues raised in the draft Disability Discrimination Bill.

One year on,  the Disability Discrimination Bill is still awaited. The access provisions of the Disability Discrimination  Act 1995 came fully into force on 1 October 2004. There have been reports that the need to make services accessible has led to unexpected consequences such as abandonment of "hail and ride" bus schemes on the grounds they are not accessible to the partially sighted. There has been controversy over the use of barrow crossings at railway stations.

The witnesses will be:

at 2.45 pm     Department for Transport

                        Charlotte Atkins MP, Parliamentary

                        Under-Secretar of  State

at 3.15 pm      Disability Rights Commission

                     Disabled Persons Transport Advisory  Committee


at 4.00 pm     Transport Operators and Service Providers

                    including Merseytravel and ATOC

The evidence session will take place in public in The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House. For inquiries about accessibility see or contact the Serjeant At-Arms Office  on 020 7219 3070.

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Press Notice 01/2004-05  26 November 2004

Eve Samson, Clerk of the Committee