Survey on accessible transport and parking opens

28 May 2019

Tell us your travel experiences

Business Disability Forum is launching a new survey today seeking the views of people with a disability or long-term condition on public transport and accessible parking.

Angela Matthews, Head of Policy and Advice, Business Disability Forum, said:

“Transport is how we get to where we need to be – whether that’s getting to work, going to meet friends, going on holiday or accessing healthcare.

“But despite the vital role it plays in all our lives, travelling can be a stressful and difficult experience if you have a disability and that’s why we are launching our new survey, ‘Getting There: How accessible is transport in 2019?’

“We want to hear from people about their experiences of using public transport -  whether good or bad. We also want to hear from Blue Badge holders about views on accessible parking.

“Please take part and help us ensure transport is accessible for everyone.”

Business Disability Forum is seeking views on travel by train, tube, plane, tram, bus, taxi and coach, as well as people’s experiences of using Blue Badge parking.

The not-for-profit membership organisation will use the findings to inform its response to the Government’s current consultations on train travel, as well as the recently published Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy.

To complete the ‘Getting There: How accessible is transport in 2019?’ survey online, go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PQDP9XT. To receive the survey in a different format, please email policy@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk . The survey will close at 8am on Monday 24 June. Follow the debate on accessible transport at #BDFGettingThere

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For further information about and to set up interviews, please contact sarahb@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk or call 07980616108.

Notes to editors

  1. Business Disability Forum is a leading non-profit membership organisation which exists to transform the life chances of disabled people. With over 25 years’ experience, it brings together business leaders, disabled people, and Government to understand what needs to change to improve the life opportunities and experiences of disabled people in employment, economic growth, and society more widely. Business Disability Forum provides practical, evidence-based, strategic solutions for businesses to recruit, retain, and provide inclusive products and services to disabled people. For more information, please visit http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/about-us/
  2. The Department for Transport’s (DfT) Inclusive Transport Strategy was published in July 2018. It sets out how the Government will deliver on its commitment to create “a transport system offering equal access for disabled people by 2030”

The DfT released its Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy on 14 May. The Future of Mobility Minister, Jesse Norman, stated “The needs of older people, and those with visible or hidden disabilities, must be at the heart of all new modes of transport.”

The Williams Rail Review and the Transport Committee’s Trains Fit for the Future? Inquiry  are both currently underway.