Europe

Barcelona Metro Launches New Accessible Customer Service Centre

SPAIN: As of 15 March, there is a new citizen service centre (Punt TMB) operating in the lobby of the Sagrada Familia station of the Barcelona Metro. TMB, the operator company, described the new office addition as a pioneering in certain aspects. Among other things, it will be the first to offer information in Catalan… Continue Reading »

Study Reveals Shortage of Educational Technology for Children with Disabilities

UNITED KINGDOM: An ‘astonishing’ deficit of data about how the global boom in educational technology could help pupils with disabilities in low and middle-income countries has been highlighted in a new report. Despite widespread optimism that educational technology, or ‘EdTech’, can help to level the playing field for young people with disabilities, the study found… Continue Reading »

Charging Technology for Electric Vehicles Needs to be More Accessible Says New Research

UK: Recent research from RiDC (Research Institute for Disabled Consumers) shows that 61 per cent of disabled people would consider buying an electric vehicle only if charging was made more accessible. The online survey was commissioned by Urban Foresight, which says results show that only 25 per cent of non-EV drivers would agree to considering getting an EV now, compared… Continue Reading »

Scotland: New ‘Housing to 2040’ Strategy to Focus on Improved Accessible Housing

SCOTLAND: Plans for a new legal requirement for all homes in Scotland to meet quality and accessibility standards has been included in a major national housing strategy, published today. The new Housing Standard, applying to all tenures, is an important element of Housing to 2040, which sets out the path for how Scotland’s homes and communities… Continue Reading »

UK: Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee Publishes Recommendations for Making Coach Travel More Accessible

UK: The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) has published a series of recommendations for making coach travel, like all other forms of public transport, more accessible to disabled people. In a UK Government report, the DPTAC stated that it was initially pleased that the Public Service Vehicle Access Regulations (PSVAR) was extended to cover coaches… Continue Reading »

Poland: Train Stations Become More Accessible with Ramps and Signs in Braille

POLAND: The removal of architectural barriers, installing of lifts and ramps, signs in Braille and contrasting colours are just some of the solutions being adopted by Polish State Railways at train stations, to make them more accessible to all groups of travellers. The rebuilding of Kraków, Gdynia and Wrocław train stations were amongst some of the… Continue Reading »

UK: Southeastern to Implement Additional Accessibility Measures under new Accessible Travel Policy

UK: A host of new measures that have been designed to improve the travel experience on Southeastern services for anyone who has a disability or mobility issue are being implemented during 2021, it has been announced. They are part of the operator’s new Accessible Travel Policy that is now available following approval by the Office and Rail and… Continue Reading »

Rights and Renewal: Inclusion Scotland’s Manifesto for the 2021-2026 Scottish Parliament

SCOTLAND: Announcing its own manifesto for the upcoming elections to the Scottish parliament, Inclusion Scotland said disabled people wanted to “go forwards to a more inclusive future”. Its Rights and Renewal manifesto focuses on five key areas: incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into Scottish law; social care; equal access to education and… Continue Reading »

Berlin Introduces Pedestrian Law Putting a Greater Focus on Inclusive Pedestrian First Mobility

GERMANY: Berlin has introduced a law elevating the status of pedestrians and making its mobility ecosystem more usable for wheelchair users and the visually impaired. The so-called ‘pedestrian law’– an amendment of the city’s 2018 Mobility Act – was passed by the state parliament at the end of January and is the first time a German city has… Continue Reading »

New Whitepaper Focuses on Urban Air Mobility for All

UK: Regulators, local authorities and industry groups will need to incorporate the views and priorities of disabled groups in their early planning phase if the promise – and full market value – of advanced air mobility (AAM) and urban air mobility (UAM) systems are to be fully realised, according to a white paper published today by Aerobility and CIVATAglobal. “From… Continue Reading »