Trains are a great transport solution for blind and partially sighted people but more must be done to ensure blind and partially sighted people can rely on accessible trains – which starts at the stations.
Research shows many blind and partially sighted people simply avoid travelling by rail due to accessibility issues. The rates of travel among those with mobility difficulties is staggering low.
The 2022 Queen’s Speech set out the priorities for the Government over the following year which included a proposal to create a new body, Great British Railways. To find out what that means for passengers, read the Thomas Pocklington Trust briefing.
Tactile paving enables blind and partially sighted people to feel when they are approaching the edge of the platform. Many stations are due for renewal, which includes installing this important safety feature, but delays in updating the stations is creating a real problem for blind and partially sighted people to access train services independently.
SLCs input to create accessible trains
As well as train stations, #MakeTransportAccessible has worked with Train Operators to improve the accessibility of regional rail services.
In April 2022, the Department for Transport opened a consultation on improving signage at private level crossings. Our partners at Thomas Pocklington Trust responded and you can view this below.
 NTS0709, https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/nts03-modal-comparisons#travel-by-car-access-household-income-household-type-ns-sec-and-mobility-status