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£4.65 million for bus operators to help disabled passengers travel with confidence

10 Apr 2024

Government funding will help small bus operators roll out live audio and visual updates on routes

  • Builds on millions of pounds already invested by the Government to improve transport accessibility
  • New one-stop shop guide of helpful advice for disabled passengers using public transport across the UK

Disabled passengers are set to navigate buses with greater ease, thanks to almost £5 million being made available to rollout audible and visual announcements throughout Great Britain.

In the latest of a string of initiatives to improve accessibility across public transport, applications have today (8th April) opened for small bus and coach operators to bid for a share of £4.65 million to install state-of-the-art technology that will both display and announce information clearly for all passengers, including those with sight and hearing impairments.

Known as the Accessible Information Grant, this funding will be vital in supporting small operators to fit screens, speakers and induction loops guaranteeing passengers are informed about which route they are on and what stop they are at throughout their journey.

The grant applications support regulations which were introduced last year requiring all bus operators to provide audio and visual updates on journeys, and follow £350 million announced last year to improve accessibility at train stations thanks to reallocated HS2 funding.

Applications:

https://rtig.org.uk/aig

Further information: https://dft-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/gbp-4-65-million-for-bus-operators-to-help-disabled-passengers-travel-with-confidence