Blind and partially sighted people living in isolated communities further isolated by public transport shortcomings

Shortcomings in public transport can make the difference for many people with sight loss between getting out and integrating with their community or remaining isolated and immobile in their homes.

Guide Dogs has today submitted evidence to the Transport Select Committee highlighting that the needs of blind and partially sighted passengers are not sufficiently taken into account by local authorities or transport providers in isolated communities. Guide Dogs has received indications from service users that public transport provision in rural areas is declining, with serious consequences for people’s independence.

"There aren't enough buses locally. I only have the choice of one bus to get me to work and that only runs term time. Next year this service will stop, meaning I am totally reliant on others." said a Guide Dog Owner, in Dorset.

Guide Dogs’ Senior Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Keen commented “Public transport is essential to the independence of blind and partially sighted people who might otherwise stay isolated in their own homes. Local authorities need to ensure they are doing all they can to support people’s mobility.”

Responding to the Transport Select Committee’s inquiry into transport in isolated communities, Guide Dogs highlighted the need for more services, more Talking Buses, manned stations, and staff trained in disability awareness. You can read our full consultation response here or find out more about how you can help our Talking Buses campaign here.


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