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Public Transport: Disabled

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of bus and train providers she expects to have fulfilled their accessibility targets by (a) 2010 and (b) 2020; (206610)

(2) what steps her Department has taken to encourage bus and train providers to meet the deadlines under Part 5 of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 for accessibility;

(3) what proportion of bus and train providers have met the accessibility goals set by the Government.

Latest figures showed that 58 per cent. of buses were low floor and wheelchair accessible at 31 March 2007. This rises to over 80 per cent. in urban areas and 100 per cent. in London. The Disability Discrimination Act requires that all buses with a carrying capacity exceeding 22 passengers and used on local or scheduled services must comply with accessibility regulations by the start of 2017.

Over 4,700 accessible rail vehicles have been introduced into service since 1998 when the accessibility regulations took effect.