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25/07/2018

Inclusive Transport Strategy: achieving equal access for disabled people

The Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy builds on the responses received to the 2017 consultation on a draft Accessibility Action Plan, and sets out how Government will deliver the necessary changes to our transport networks, both through government interventions and working in partnership with industry and others.

By 2030, they envisage equal access for disabled people using the transport system, with assistance if physical infrastructure remains a barrier.

Regarding Shared Space it states:

‘We request that local authorities pause on the installation of shared space schemes incorporating a level surface, whilst we revise our guidance on this to take account of the recommendations recently made by the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and advice received from DPTAC. Alongside this, we will temporarily withdraw Local Transport Note 1/11: Shared Space.’

The Women and Equalities Committee comments on the publication of the Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Maria Miller MP, said:

“With the call to halt the use of shared space schemes, the suspension of the flawed 2011 Local Transport Note on shared space and the commitment to update guidance to local authorities, the Government is finally showing the leadership we called for in our 2017 report into disability and the built environment.
We recommended these actions, and that new guidance should be founded on an inclusive design approach, ensuring that streetscapes are inclusive, navigable and welcoming for disabled people.
I sincerely hope that the Minister continues to show such a clear lead, and that I can look forward to seeing our recommendations reflected in the updated guidance to local authorities.”