People with disabilities urged to help Coventry project reshape accessible transport - The Coventry Observer

People with disabilities urged to help Coventry project reshape accessible transport

Coventry Editorial 30th Jun, 2023   0

PEOPLE with disabilities have been urged to have their say on the future of accessible transport as part of a groundbreaking Coventry scheme.

People will now be able to join the newly established Community of Accessible Transport (CAT) pan-disability panel.

The panel will be able to share their transport experiences and make suggestions through questionnaires, interviews, surveys, and focus groups, and work with a consortium of six organisations.

The panel’s work will then be used by Coventry’s national centre for accessible transport (NCAT) in its research.

The NCAT is the UK’s first evidence centre for accessible and inclusive transport.

The £20million project, led by Prof Paul Herriotts of the National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University, aims to revolutionise accessible transport.

A study by Motability, which has made the NCAT grant available to the university, shows disabled people in the UK make 38 per cent fewer journeys than non-disabled people, and this figure hasn’t changed in the last decade.

The CEO of the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers, Gordon McCullough, said: “Disabled people are the ultimate experts in accessible transport.

“By creating this panel, we are placing essential lived experiences at the very heart of everything NCAT does.

“There is nothing we can create or put in place without the thorough testing and input of this panel.”

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