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Date posted: 1st August 2018
Thomas Pocklington Trust welcome the launch of the Inclusive Transport Strategy, and the Government’s commitment to making transport more inclusive for all disabled people.
Inclusive transport is critical for blind and partially sighted people to live an independent life, allowing them to participate in their community and access employment. Thomas Pocklington Trust and the Sight Loss Councils, who represent the voice of blind and partially sighted community, welcome the Government’s commitment through the ‘Inclusive Transport Strategy’.
Blind and partially sighted people have often felt like an after-thought regarding the transport network. Infrastructure is often not designed with accessibility in mind. Blind and partially sighted people are often overlooked when providers consult on changes. We welcome a strategy that shows a desire to involve disabled people, and makes several positive proposals, including:
Whilst this is a positive strategy, there are a few areas that we believe fall short:
Blind and partially sighted people have often felt like an after-thought regarding the transport network.
Emma Hughes, Director for Engagement and Advocacy at Thomas Pocklington Trust , said:
“It is fantastic to see a strategy that has the potential to make a significant impact on the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people. It is crucial that this strategy is delivered on time, and that the Government fulfils its promise to consult blind and partially sighted people throughout the process”
“Thomas Pocklington Trust and Sight Loss Councils are looking forward to working with the Government, both locally and nationally, and transport providers across the UK to ensure this strategy is implemented successfully. Blind and partially sighted people have been calling for many years for a better, more inclusive service on public transport, and we welcome the Government’s decision to finally act”
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Notes to Editors
About Thomas Pocklington Trust
Thomas Pocklington Trust identifies and meets the needs and aspirations of blind and partially sighted people across the UK, by funding and supporting our strategic partners.
About Sight Loss Councils
The Sight Loss Councils are supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust. They act as a voice for blind and partially sighted people living across the UK. Each council is made up of volunteers who themselves are blind or partially sighted, who advocate and campaign to influence change, and to improve the life of blind and partially sighted people.