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2001-08-17 DTR-001
Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions


All aboard - DPTAC welcomes accessible trains

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Arriva Trains Northern
Class 333
West Yorkshire

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Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

All aboard - DPTAC welcomes accessible trains

17 Aug 2001 00:00
source Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
type Press release

New trains in Yorkshire will make rail travel easier for everyone, including disabled people, according to Government advisers on the transport needs of disabled people.

Members of DPTAC (the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee) today inspected the Class 333 vehicles operated by ARRIVA Trains Northern. The Class 333s, which entered service earlier this year, are the first in-service rail vehicles to fully meet detailed Government regulations on accessibility.

Under the regulations, vehicles have to be easily accessible to wheelchair users, ambulant disabled people and those with sensory disabilities. Features required include - doorways and spaces wide enough for wheelchairs; maximum step heights and audible and visual announcements.

Welcoming the introduction of the trains, DPTAC Rail Working Group Chair Bert Massie CBE, said:

''This is excellent news for all rail travellers. These trains make it easier for everyone - disabled people, those carrying heavy luggage or travelling with children in pushchairs.

''We very much welcome the introduction of the vehicles by ARRIVA Trains Northern. We know that many other train operators are working towards the introduction of vehicles with these features. We hope they will take a leaf out of ARRIVA''s book and get them into service without delay.''

Nigel Patterson, managing director of ARRIVA Trains Northern, said:

''We are delighted that our Class 333 trains have been so warmly received. These new vehicles are key to encouraging more people to use the train and they provide easier access for those with limited mobility and parents with young children. We are committed to providing public transport services which are accessible to all.''

Notes to Editors

1. The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) was set up under the Transport Act of 1985 to advise Government on the transport needs of all disabled people. It has a maximum of 20 members (of whom at least half must be disabled people), representing a wide range of transport interests. Members are appointed by Ministers and are unpaid, apart from the reimbursement of expenses.

2. The ARRIVA Trains Northern Class 333s operate between Skipton, Ilkley, Bradford and Leeds.

3. Under the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations 1998, all new rail vehicles entering service since 1 January 1999 have to meet thorough requirements on accessibility. Copies of the original regulations and subsequent revisions to them are available at

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