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« on: December 20, 2019, 01:33:26 pm »

From the Office of Rail and Road

From 1 January 2020, the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) come into effect for coaches, reflecting the importance of ensuring that disabled people, and in particular wheelchair users, are able to access the same local and scheduled bus and coach services as persons who do not have a disability or persons whose disability gives rise to different needs.

The vast majority of buses used for rail replacement are accessible (e.g. low floors and/or ramps for wheelchair users), however it is concerning that the opposite is true of coaches (where a wheelchair lift is required).


The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today opened a consultation to revise its Accessible Travel Policy (ATP) Guidance to improve the availability of accessible vehicles for use by disabled passengers during rail disruption, and to ensure passengers know where accessible buses and coaches will be operated.

Although reducing rail replacement service would bring about a system which complies with the law after 1st Jan 2020, the ORR appreciates that saying "can't take wheelchairs, so can't take you, fit person, either" would badly impact passengers ... akin to the removal of all loos because they're not wheelchair accessible, thus providing no-one with a toilet:

Curtailing rail replacement services until more coaches are fully accessible would significantly reduce the ability for all passengers - including disabled passengers without mobility impairments - to travel during rail disruption, and heightens the risk of crowding and safety issues at stations.

Press release goes on to outline the ORR's objectives and set a close date on 14th Feb 2020 for the consultation
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