June 13, 2007
Question written on 13/06/2007
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on improving access to the transport system for people with (a) learning and (b) physical disabilities in the most recent year for which information is available.
Answered by Gillian Merron
Under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, it is a legal requirement that all new buses, coaches and rail vehicles comply with relevant accessibility regulations. Access to transport infrastructure is also covered by the Act.The Government have made a commitment that access for disabled people will be a condition of new public investment in transport. It is not possible to disaggregate spending which improves access as all departmental expenditure invested in these transport systems will benefit disabled people.The Department has a specific programme, Access for All, to improve access to railway stations for disabled passengers. The Department spent 24.3 million in financial year 2006-07 on the programme and this funding will provide benefits for people with all types of disability.