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Public Transport Accessibility Improvements

Posted in General News on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

The Accessibility Transport Research and Innovation Grant has offered funding to five different technology companies that have made various innovations to improve transport accessibility and assistance. These innovations include virtual reality (VR) simulations of rail journeys and stations and a journey planning app which gives its users the opportunity to video call to request assistance. Another innovation is designed to improve channels of communication between airport staff and their disabled customers. The successful firms will receive a share of almost £600,000 to launch their innovations and the trial period will be completed by the end of November this year. Chris Heaton-Harris, Accessibility Minister said: “These 5 innovative projects will help make our transport network more open, stress-free and simple for disabled passengers, and I’m proud that we’re investing in unique technology to improve accessibility across the UK. We’re committed to making transport accessible for all and this investment, along with the Inclusive Transport Strategy, will build a better, fairer network for the future.” 

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