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Easy accessibility buses and coaches for people with reduced mobility

Low-floor buses, lower ticketing machines, escalators, elevators, assistance and special training are all factors which encourage people with reduced mobility to favour the use of buses and coaches. Due to the ageing population in developed countries, the use of buses and coaches is constantly gaining in importance.


Example: Stagecoach North East has introduced a “buddy scheme” program permitting people with reduced mobility or people with problems to become independent and overcome their fears by travelling independently. Stagecoach Oxfordshire boasts 170 low-floor buses which are all accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.


For more information:

Public transport, the green and smart solution, UITP

A sustainable future for transport, DG Energy and Transport, European Commission

Greener Smarter Together, Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2009, Stagecoach group, p.11  http://www.stagecoachgroup.com/scg/media/publications/policydocs/csr2009.pdf


Information about low-floor bus schedules or accessible coaches
Information on bus routes which are served by a mixture of low-floor buses and non low-floor buses should be made available at bus stops, online, in service centres, etc., by indicating the schedules for low-floor buses. This allows people with reduced mobility to make their travel arrangements efficiently, in advance.


Example: In Hamilton, Ontario, the city council publishes bus schedules for all its routes, indicating whether a low-floor bus serves the route at a certain departure time.



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