A new Transport Charter designed to improve and aid the experience of people with disabilities using public transport in Coventry will be adopted over the coming months.
Coventry City Council put together the Charter after setting up the Disability Equality Action Partnership (DEAP), which consists of the Council, disability organisations, universities, schools and colleges, and individuals with disabilities.
The aim of the initiative is for regional partners and transport operators to acknowledge how they currently support disabled people of all ages with both visible and non-visible disabilities, and how they can assist even further.
The Charter outlines commitments including promoting the public transport system as fully inclusive for people of all abilities; ensuring better implementation of priority seating policies; advertising more widely the availability of permit provision for scooters on public transport; supporting the expansion in electric bus capacity and allocation to more bus routes in polluted areas of the city; and continuing a dialogue with train companies to improve accessibility for wheelchair passengers.
Chair of the Disability Equality Action Partnership (DEAP) and Transport Charter lead, Cllr Christine Thomas said: “This builds on the success of the Shoppers Charter back in 2019 in making our city a disability friendly place. It also goes towards forming part of the Wellbeing for Life ethos and City of Culture 2021”.
“It is important that transport operators, regional partners and local people understand the value of the ‘purple pound £’, and equally important that disabled persons feel included in the planning of our city. By working together we can deliver a fully accessible public transport service that people with disabilities and additional requirements can use with confidence.”
The Transport Charter came about in response to feedback gathered from a number of groups, organisations and individuals with disabilities, stating more needed to be done to ensure the freedom and inclusion of all persons with disability across the city.