Public transport disability roadmap

The latest edition of Transport Access for All, the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport’s Sectoral Plan under the Disability Act 2005, provides a roadmap for further advancements in public transport accessibilities improvements.

The latest edition of Transport Access for All, the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport’s Sectoral Plan under the Disability Act 2005, provides a roadmap for further advancements in public transport accessibilities improvements.

It aims to build on the progress already achieved and was prepared following an extensive consultation process. This Plan was completed in 2012 and has since been approved by both Houses of the Oireachtas.

Launching the plan, Junior Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly said: “While this plan is a further positive step, it is by no means a panacea for all of our public transport accessibility issues. However, it does represent an honest view of what is achievable now. Circumstances being different, we would of course like to achieve much more.”

In response to concerns raised by a number of people with disabilities, the plan undertakes to explore the possibility of having accessibility incorporated as a key element of tenders/contracts for Exchequer funded transport services.

While accessibility issues relating to the tourism and sports remits of the Department are not required to be addressed in this Transport Sectoral Plan, they are addressed by the Department in the context of the recently published National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan.

The plan is available in a number on the Department’s website www.dttas.ie Printed copies may be obtained by e-mail to PTAccessibility@dttas.ie or phone 01-6041652.