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Transport: Very Tall People

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

To what extent their transport policy in the United Kingdom has taken account of the needs of very tall people in the past five years; whether such people have been consulted as a user group; and what improvements there have been in the design of new trains and buses in particular.[HL6958]

The department aims to obtain the views of the widest range of stakeholders during its consultations. However, we are not aware of any specific consultation with user groups representing people of very tall stature.

Regulations specifying minimum gangway height and seat spacing for buses and on trains have existed for a number of years, to ensure that the majority of passengers can travel in safety and in reasonable comfort.

The regulations necessarily represent a compromise between providing safety and access for a broad range of passengers, while ensuring that the vehicles are compatible with the road and rail infrastructure and remain viable for the manufacturing and operating industries.