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Railways: Wheelchair Users

Volume 706: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 20 November (WA 227), what provisions are available for the accommodation of wheelchairs at the point of entry onto trains from the platform, as opposed to general access to the station. [HL173]

Regulations covering the accessibility of all new rail vehicles have been in place since 1998. These specify a number of features to assist disabled people when accessing these vehicles, including the provision of boarding devices to facilitate access for wheelchair users.

There are currently over 4,750 regulated rail vehicles in service. All rail vehicles must be accessible by no later than 1 January 2020.