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Accessible transport: legal obligations

Inquiry

A variety of legal obligations to ensure accessibility apply to transport operators and local licensing authorities across different modes of transport, and the Transport Committee is conducting an inquiry into these legal obligations and whether they are being met.

Read the call for evidence for more details about the inquiry.

UPDATE 13 JULY 2023:

On 5 July 2023 train operating companies launched consultations on proposed changes to ticket offices across the rail network.

The Transport Committee has re-opened its call for evidence on accessible transport and now invites further written evidence specifically about how these proposals could affect disabled people and travellers with access needs, and what train operators and the Government need to do to ensure that any new arrangements do not reduce access to rail travel.

Read the call for evidence on rail ticket offices.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 16 August 2023.

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Past events

Wednesday 13 December 2023
9:30am Public
Accessible transport: legal obligations - Oral evidence 13 December 2023
9:30am
  • John Kirkpatrick (Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Equality and Human Rights Commission)
10:00am
  • Anthony Browne MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Department for Transport)
  • Guy Opperman MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Department for Transport)
  • Huw Merriman MP (Minister for Rail at Department for Transport)
  • Liz Wilson (Deputy Director for Accessible and Inclusive Travel at Department for Transport)
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Wednesday 22 November 2023
9:30am Public
Accessible transport: legal obligations - Oral evidence 22 November 2023
9:30am
  • Stephanie Tobyn (Director of Strategy at Office of Rail and Road)
  • Jacqueline Starr (Chief Executive Officer at Rail Delivery Group)
  • Ms Alison Smith (Accessibility and Inclusion Lead at Network Rail and Great British Railways Transition Team)
10:15am
  • Anna Bowles (Head of Consumer Policy and Enforcement at Civil Aviation Authority)
  • Rob Griggs (Policy and Public Affairs Director at Airlines UK)
  • Karen Dee (Chief Executive Officer at Airports Operators Association)
11:00am
  • Mr Keith McNally (Operations Director at Confederation of Passenger Transport)
  • Loveday Ryder (Chief Executive at Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency)
  • Councillor Linda Taylor (Vice-Chair of Local Infrastructure and Net Zero Group at Local Government Association)
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Wednesday 25 October 2023
9:30am Public
Accessible transport: legal obligations - Oral evidence 25 October 2023
9:30am
  • Doug Paulley, Accessible transport campaigner
  • Professor Anna Lawson (Professor of Law at School of Law, University of Leeds)
  • Stephen Brookes MBE (Rail Policy Advisor at Disability Rights UK)
  • Catherine Casserley (Barrister at Cloisters Chambers)
  • Caroline Stickland (Chief Executive Officer at Transport for All)
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Wednesday 13 September 2023
9:00am Public
Accessible transport: legal obligations - Oral evidence 13 September 2023
9:00am
  • Mick Lynch (General Secretary at National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT Union))
  • Louise Rubin (Head of Policy and Campaigns at Scope)
  • Christopher Brooks (Head of Policy at Age UK)
  • Katie Pennick (Campaigns and Communications Manager at Transport for All)
9:45am
  • Anthony Smith (Chief Executive at Transport Focus)
  • Stephanie Tobyn (Director of Strategy, Policy and Reform at Office of Rail and Road)
10:30am
  • Simon Moorhead (Chief Information Officer at Rail Delivery Group)
  • David Horne (Managing Director at London and North Eastern Railway Company)
  • Richard Allan (Managing Director at Chiltern Railways)
  • Andy Mellors (Managing Director at Avanti West Coast)
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

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