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DPTAC welcomes SRA code of practice


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Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

DPTAC welcomes SRA code of practice
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date
6 Feb 2002 00:00
source Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
type Press release



The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) has today welcomed the publication of the Strategic Rail Authority''s (SRA) Code of Practice: Train and Station Services for Disabled Passengers.

All licensed passenger train operators and station operators are required as a condition of their licence to have due regard to this Code and the SRA will monitor progress.

The Code of Practice states that access for disabled people should be an underlying principle throughout the network, a principle advocated by DPTAC in its advice to Government.

In the Foreword to the Code, SRA Chairman Richard Bowker points out that

''Everyone benefits when goods, facilities and services become fully accessible to disabled people - for example all passengers will benefit from more accessible accurate information being made available in different formats.''

In welcoming the report, DPTAC Chair Jane Wilmot OBE said:

''This Code of Practice sets out clearly the expectations on all passenger train and station operators to provide facilities and services that are easily used by disabled people. It is practical and deliverable, demonstrating a commitment that the needs of disabled passengers should be an integral part of the planning process and factored into the day to day running of the railway.''

''I commend the Code to all those involved in the rail industry from the front line to the boardroom. They now have to deliver on the solid foundation the Code provides if we are to achieve, within a reasonable timetable, our goal - access for all.''

The Code of Practice is available from SRA. Further details about DPTAC are available at www.dptac.gov.uk

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. Under Section 70 of the Railways Act 1993 (as amended by paragraph 28 of Schedule 17 to the Transport Act 2000) the Strategic Rail Authority is required to consult DPTAC on the code of practice for protecting the interests of disabled people.




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