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Planners, policy makers and transport providers need to ensure accessibility for passengers with specific needs such as people with disabilities or senior citizens. This may include measures to ensure the accessibility of public transport or specific services such as 'dial-a-ride' schemes.

By News Editor / Updated: 17 Sep 2017

New multimodal interchange opens in Bolton (UK)


A new £48m multimodal interchange has opened in the town of Bolton in north-west England, replacing the town’s old bus station.

The modern facility links to the town’s railway station by means of a ‘Skylink’ bridge, making transfers between the two modes of transport easy.  

A ‘Skylink’ bridge between the new interchange and the town’s railway station makes transfers between the two modes of transport easy.

The local council and regional transport authority, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), were responsible for the project.

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By rswa178 / Updated: 26 Sep 2017

Google ups efforts to map wheelchair accessibility


Google is seeking to make its Maps feature more useful for people with reduced mobility. Whilst it is already indicated if a location is wheelchair accessible, Google is now seeking to crowdsource data from its 30 million Local Guides found worldwide in an attempt to add more accessibility-related data.

By DuivenbodeL / Updated: 22 Sep 2017

Smart Urban Mobility solutions: bridging the gap

Join our discussion on how to bridge the gap between supply and demand for smart urban mobility solutions in Amsterdam on 27 September.

Speakers from BMW Startup Garage, Rotterdam Mobility Lab, and Mastercard will share what they look at when investing in or trialling new services.

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Aug 2017

New study suggests ways to improve mobility of older travellers in Europe


A new study led by the University of Plymouth has said that governments across Europe could do more to develop transport policies enabling people aged over 65 to remain mobile and active. As the average age of Europe's population rises, the necessity and urgency of such policies is set to increase.

The research team assessed policy documents from across the European Union, Switzerland and Norway, and spoke to government employees from over 20 countries to gauge to what extent national governments encouraged the age-friendly qualities of transport systems.

By News Editor / Updated: 13 Oct 2017

A new game highlights the difficulties wheelchairs users face when travelling


Whilst there has been progress in making public transport more accessible to people with disabilities, travelling as a wheelchair user still poses significant challenges.

To raise awareness and understanding of these, a new game from BuzzFeed UK puts users in the role of a wheelchair user journeying through the UK on public transport.

By News Editor / Updated: 04 Aug 2017

New London Underground map for passengers with conditions such as anxiety and claustrophobia (UK)


A new map of the London Underground network has been released that caters to passengers with claustrophobia or other anxiety conditions. 

The map was devised after suggestions from passengers with such conditions. By showing them routes that involve long stretches of tunnels, it is hoped that they can identify routes avoiding them and feel more at ease when travelling.

By News Editor / Updated: 02 Aug 2017

A new electric car has been designed for drivers with reduced mobility


When it comes to motorised travel, people with reduced mobility often have very restricted options. Car manufacturers offer a very limited range of possibilities, and those become even fewer if a smaller car is desired. A new electric car developed by the Hungarian company, Kenguru, may provide a solution.

By News Editor / Updated: 24 Jul 2017

Major accessibility improvement works set out for London Underground (UK)


Plans have been revealed for step-free access to be created at six Tube stations by 2020. They form part of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's aim to improve accessibility across the UK's capital.

Work will begin this at Buckhurst Hill station, whilst next year will see the changes begin at South Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Amersham, Cockfosters, Mill Hill East and Osterley.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, commented that: ‘It's absolutely vital that we make our transport network accessible to all...by investing more in step-free access".

By rswa178 / Updated: 19 Jul 2017

Very 'appropriate': Tilburg trials method to help pedestrians with reduced mobility (the Netherlands)


For pedestrians with reduced mobility, crossing at traffic lights is not always so easy. The lights can turn red before they have reached the other side, putting them in danger. The Dutch city of Tilburg decided to address this.

By News Editor / Updated: 03 Jul 2017

Electric tricycles coming to Munich (Germany)


To improve mobility around the city centre, Munich's public transport provider (MVG) has announced the development of a new electric tricycle.

The vehicle is being created primarily with the transport of goods and people with reduced mobility in mind. With much of the city centre pedestrianised, navigating it can be difficult for people who have difficulty walking.

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