Accessible Transport - a Local Agenda 21 Issue?



Accessible Transport - a Local Agenda 21 Issue?

Authors

BELL S, Centre for Independent Transport Research in London, UK

Description

It is an important time for the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) process. The U.K. Government has stated its commitment to LA21 and has urged local authorities to give it a higher priority. It is also an important time for accessible transport. The Disability Discr

Abstract

It is an important time for the Local Agenda 21 (LA21) process. The U.K. Government has stated its commitment to LA21 and has urged local authorities to give it a higher priority. It is also an important time for accessible transport. The Disability Discrimination Act was passed in 1995 and draft regulations have now been issued for buses and coaches, and for trains. But the legislation is not comprehensive and will not by itself lead to a truly accessible transport system. One reason for this is that it is aimed at transport operators and not at local authorities who also have a key role to play.

Local authorities must work with transport operators to improve transport accessibility and they should be linking this with sustainable transport strategies. But so often accessible transport and sustainable transport are treated as two separate issues. CILT has carried out a survey of all London Boroughs to find out whether local authorities are recoguising the links between accessibility and sustainability through the LA21 process. This paper describes why accessible transport is also sustainable transport and describes the results of CILT's survey. It concentrates on public transport but also touches on door-to-doer provision and the importance of accessible walking and cycling routes.

Publisher

Association for European Transport