First Victory for Talking Buses in Northern Ireland

Stand Out Tour

We are delighted that Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy MLA chose to announce his commitment to providing Talking Buses with audio visual systems (AV) for the Metro bus network at our event to mark the start of Guide Dog Week. The announcement will go some way to help to address the poor experiences of blind and partially sighted passengers on the Translink network.

Guide Dogs NI Policy and Engagement Manager Andrew Murdock said:

“Buses are a vital way for people with sight loss to get out and about freely and independently, but until now many have felt excluded from bus travel because of a lack of accessible information. The Minister’s commitment to AV in the Metro area will make a real difference to the lives of people who are visually impaired but there is still more work to be done.”

Driver training is a key factor in improving the experiences of visually impaired passengers as the difficulties begin even before people board a bus. Less than half of drivers always pull right up to the kerb. Failing to do this makes it more difficult for blind and partially sighted passengers to board.

We are working hard to press for the use of AV to be extended throughout the Translink network so that people with a visual impairment living outside of Belfast can also enjoy the same freedom of movement that AV brings.

Read more on our Talking Bus campaign.