• Inclusive Transport Strategy

    30 July 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the Inclusive Transport Strategy.

    The transport network is not only essential for growth and productivity but allows us to stay in touch with friends and family, access vital services and contribute to society. However, for our ageing population, as well as the fifth of people who identify as having a disability, access to transport can be challenging. That is why I am pleased the Government is committed to ensuring that disabled people have the same access to transport as everyone else, and can travel easily, confidently and without incurring additional expenses.

    The Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy is the first step towards achieving a genuinely inclusive transport network, and sets out an ambitious plan to be implemented by 2030. It aims to promote passenger rights and improve staff training, as well as access to better travel information and improved physical infrastructure. Moreover, it seeks to maximise opportunities through future technologies.

    You will be pleased to learn that the £300 million of funding committed through the strategy to extend the Access for All programme has now been allocated, making railway stations more accessible, including through step-free access. I also welcome the fact that the strategy sets out a clear programme of evaluation and monitoring, as well as a specific framework for governance to provide accountability.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon