Stagecoach West supports Disabled Access Day in Gloucester by Kate | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
Stagecoach West will be joining hundreds of venues and companies across the UK today to showcase their accessibility as part of Disabled Access Day.
The second annual Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people, their friends and families to visit somewhere new, whether that’s a coffee shop, cinema, museum, sports centre or anywhere else. Stagecoach will be joining over 100 venues and companies that have already signed up to take part in the day.
The local bus operator will be offering disabled passengers the opportunity to take part in a ‘Try a Bus Day’. Customers will be able to visit a bus at Gloucester Bus Station between 10am and 1pm and meet with staff to share any ideas or concerns about bus travel with Stagecoach. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the efforts made by the company to make access to services easier and the chance to try to use a bus in an atmosphere free from pressure or time constraints,
Rupert Cox, Managing Director of Stagecoach West, said: “Disabled Access Day is a great opportunity to spend time in the community, learning from the people we serve and looking at what we can continue to do to help those with disabilities. We’re delighted to be able to support this important day, whilst also educating and reassuring passengers about our services.
Stagecoach West is helping passengers with disabilities by:
- Providing Journey Assistance Cards for passengers who need a bit more help when using the bus. The cards make it easier for passengers to let bus drivers know what extra help is needed
- Stagecoach West has invested in updating the fleet of buses to ensure easy access and space for the disabled in wheelchairs and certain approved mobility scooters.
- Stagecoach’s UK Bus has committed to a charter, produced with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) that promises to deliver a better service to customers with sight loss. Being committed to the charter ensures constant improvement of the accessibility of local bus services as well as raising awareness among employees of the need to understand the practical issues faced by blind and partially sighted customers
- All passenger information is available in alternative formats, including large print, Braille and audio. Typetalk is also offered as a point of contact
- Detailed guidance about accessing Stagecoach services with a wheelchair, disabled buggy or approved mobility scooter is available via https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/journey-assistance-cards or you can call 01452 418630
- Free travel may be available through a local authority concessionary pass. To find out more go to http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/buspass
- Stagecoach works with disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz and is a member of the Accessible Travel Alliance – an industry leading group made up of forward-thinking travel operators. The aim of the Alliance is to make a real and lasting difference to disabled people’s experience of travel
Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website and app, is the lead sponsor of the day.
Euan MacDonald, co-founder of the disabled access reviews website EuansGuide.com, the main sponsor of Disabled Access Day, said: “There are around 12 million disabled people in the UK and an estimated 1 billion worldwide. It’s important that we raise awareness of the issue of disabled access and encourage venues to highlight their accessibility on Disabled Access Day. By hosting events and offering promotions to visitors on March 12th, all of the partners involved can demonstrate just how important disabled access is to them.”
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