The Inclusive Transport Strategy to improve accessibility across all forms of travel for those with disabilities, is part of the Government’s plan to build a society that works for everyone.
The new measures, backed by hundreds of millions of pounds, will help ensure all disabled people can travel confidently and easily. The strategy includes investment in rail accessibility infrastructure to deliver the best service for disabled people, and funding for accessible toilets at motorway service stations.
This is combined with new measures to extend the Blue Badge scheme. The Blue Badge scheme plays a vital role in allowing 2.4 million disabled people to maintain their independence and I know from speaking to Blue Badge holders just what a difference this can make.
From this autumn the Government are extending the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme to include people who have hidden or non-physical disabilities. This is good news and will allow users to undertake a journey without causing stress or harm.
Transport helps us get to work, stay in touch with friends and family, and access vital services like healthcare and education.