Transport Minister Paul Maynard unveiled the Accessibility Action Plan at The William Merritt Centre in Leeds today. The William Merritt Centre provide driving and mobility assessments, impartial information and advice to enable greater independence. The Department for Transport have supported The William Merritt Centre for over 15 years enabling them to build a bespoke assessment Centre.
Centre Manager David Blythe commented, “We were delighted that the Department for Transport chose our Centre to launch the consultation document as we pride ourselves on being an excellent model of taking a holistic approach to independent mobility.”
Transport Minister Paul Maynard, who launched the plan in Leeds, said, “I take the issue of accessibility across all modes of transport very seriously.
“This draft Accessibility Action Plan is the next step in a much needed dialogue with disabled people, carers, transport providers and local authorities to identify new ways to improve travel.
“It sets out the Government’s strategy to address gaps in our transport services which serve as a barrier to people with disabilities.”
Volunteer Colin McDonnell explained, “We need to work together to increase the availability of Changing Places and that disabled people have the same access to transport as everybody else.