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05.04.13

Disability guide published for Manchester Metrolink

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has published an access guide for using Metrolink trams, particularly address needs of disabled passengers to plan their journeys.

The guide was developed with advice from the Disability Design Reference Group (DDRG) on accessibility issues. It includes information on blue parking at stops, wheelchair access and concessionary pass availability.

Peter Cushing, Metrolink director, said: “This new publication is a comprehensive guide to using Metrolink, so whether you’re a new or regular user, it is certainly worth a look before you hop on the tram.

“We want to ensure that Metrolink is accessible to everyone and I am pleased to see the guide covering a whole host of topics which will be of use to people with a disability.

“The DDRG is a terrific group which adds real value to our work and this is another example of where their efforts have helped a particular community.”

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Comments

Graham Wood   24/07/2013 at 17:47

It's a pity that Metrolink refuse to accept the admission of mobility scooters on their network. At a time when people are living longer, albeit with increasing disabilities, this refusal totally stymies much independent travel. Let's also not forget that some of this network has been built on former rail lines where it was possible to travel (albeit in the guards van ) with such a scooter. If Metrolink really want to become disabled friendly then they should be attempting to address this issue. It appears to be a complete lack of planning from the very beginning of the inception of this service. This is an issue that has been brought up repeatedly with little effect.

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