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Improved public transport for disabled people: main findings

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Executive Social Research. Development Department
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The study ‘Improved Public Transport for Disabled People’ was commissioned by the Scottish Executive, and conducted by TNS System Three Social Research (TNS), the Transport Research Institute at Napier University (TRi) and Transport and Travel Research Ltd. (TTR) in 2005/6. This summaries the main findings of the report.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: volume I - report

Author:
TNS SYSTEM THREE SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
17p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Executive commissioned research to support their commitment to assessing public transport options for disabled people and to improve targeting of funding. Originally the focus of the required work was on the role of concessionary fares in relation to accessibility of transport for disabled travellers to inform the commitment laid out in the 2003 Scottish Executive Partnership Agreement. Advice from the Advisory Group led to the scope being broadened out at a very early stage. As a result, the focus of the research was changed to explore and assess a wide range of potential improvements to public transport for disabled people in relation to; difficulties in relation to the availability of transport; difficulties in relation to the accessibility of transport; information needs; affordability; fear of travel - confidence; personal barriers to travel. Evidenced from the literature review carried out for this study demonstrates that improved access to public transport is a crucial element of trying to increase opportunities, reduce inequalities and generally improve the life quality of many groups in society. Previous research has also indicated that there have been some improvements introduced in recent years. The introduction of recent Disability Discrimination legislation is a key step forward, but it is clear that many barriers still remain and that improvements are required in order to facilitate the use of practical, affordable and accessible transport for many people with illness and disability. Additionally, key demographic trends suggest that it is likely that difficulties with transport will extend to affect a larger proportion of the population. Therefore, research was required to identify what actions are still required to further improve the situation and to explore why previously identified ‘solutions’ had not necessarily been adopted or successful.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: volume III - annexes 4-6

Author:
TNS SYSTEM THREE SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
124p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Executive commissioned research to support their commitment to assessing public transport options for disabled people and to improve targeting of funding. The large scale study was carried out by three organisations in collaboration: TNS System Three Social Research, the Transport Research Institute at Napier University and Transport and Travel Research Ltd. The results were presented in a comprehensive report contained in Volume 1 of the study. Two volumes of Annexes accompany the report. The first of these, Volume II, includes Annexes 1-3: the literature review, analysis of the SHS data and details of the TNS survey. This report, volume III, contains Annexes 4-6. It includes details of all of the best practice case studies and journey audits that were conducted. Some of the case studies and all of the journey audits are illustrated with photographs and other graphics. It also includes details of the feedback exercise, which was designed to gather feedback in response to a document outlining some preliminary findings of the research. The document sent out and the feedback received are included in Annex 6. In addition we received informal feedback throughout the research, and this has been included in the main report.

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Improved public transport for disabled people: volume II - annexes 1-3

Author:
TNS SYSTEM THREE SOCIAL RESEARCH
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
104p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The Scottish Executive commissioned research to support their commitment to assessing public transport options for disabled people and to improve targeting of funding. The large scale study was carried out by three organisations in collaboration: TNS System Three Social Research, the Transport Research Institute at Napier University and Transport and Travel Research Ltd. The results were presented in a comprehensive report contained in Volume 1 of the study. Two volumes of Annexes accompany the report. This volume, Volume II, includes Annexes 1-3: the literature review, analysis of the SHS data and further information about the TNS survey. The literature review was conducted early in the research. Some reports were provided to the researchers after it was completed. In some cases these have been included in the final report, though they do not appear in the literature review. Details of TNS survey includes the survey methodology, the questionnaire and selected additional results from the survey. Volume III contains Annexes 4-6. It includes details of all of the best practice case studies and journey audits that were conducted. It also includes details of the feedback exercise, which was designed to gather feedback in response to a document outlining some preliminary findings of the research.

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Moving forward: towards an accessible transport system

Author:
ASSOCIATION OF METROPOLITAN AUTHORITIES
Publisher:
Association of Metropolitan Authorities
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
22p.
Place of publication:
London

Contains suggestions for making transport more accessible to disabled people.

Journal article

Extension of DDA Part 3 to transport services

Authors:
WILLIAMS Peter J.G., WAUGH Richard
Journal article citation:
Access by Design, 104, 2005, pp.6-8.
Publisher:
Centre for Accessible Environments

The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 makes provision for the duties in Part 3 of the DDA to be extended to transport services. This article comments on the draft code of practice recently issued for consultation.

Journal article

All aboard

Author:
BARTLETT Sarah
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 17.02.05, 2005, p.41.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on a scheme which employs disabled people in London to test the accessibility of buses and taxis. The scheme run by Westminster Employment Service (WES) in partnership with TNS Mystery Shopping and Transport for London won the Community Care Awards' disability category.

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Access in London: essential for anyone who has difficulty getting around

Authors:
COUCH Gordon, FORRESTER William, MCGAUGHEY David
Publisher:
Bloomsbury
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
438p.
Place of publication:
London

Aimed at disabled people and anyone who has difficulty getting around. Includes tips on travelling and who to contact for assistance; detailed sections on accommodation, shopping, theatres, pubs, football grounds, museums, buses, trains and the Underground; describes seating and toilet facilities, steps and distances; and contains detailed maps and diagrams highlighting step free routes.

Journal article

Winning the skies

Author:
HOLSTROM Radhika
Journal article citation:
Care and Health Magazine, 36, 21.5.03, 2003, pp.16-17.
Publisher:
Care and Health

Looks at the impending action of the Disability Rights Commission against Ryanair and the British Airports Authority. The action is because any Ryanair passenger needing to use a wheelchair at Sansted airport who haven't brought their own faces an additional charge.

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Survey of vehicle badges for people who are disabled: the blue (formerly orange) badge scheme; as at 31 March 2000

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions
Publication year:
2000
Pagination:
17p.,tables.
Place of publication:
London

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