Road to Nowhere Report 2013

The lack of audio visual (AV) final destination and next stop announcements on buses is a barrier to independence for blind and partially sighted people who can face isolation every day.

For a sighted person, missing a stop is an annoyance, for somebody with sight loss it is potentially dangerous.


Joel And His Guide Dog Standing Near A Bus LaneGuide Dogs’ “Road to Nowhere” survey was conducted between October 2012 and March 2013, to uncover the extent of this problem. This was a follow up to the “Forgotten Passengers” survey which was carried out by the charity in 2012.

The report shows the problems blind and partially sighted passengers encounter every day when travelling by bus, with 8 out of 10 disabled respondents saying that they felt unable to enjoy the freedom that others take for granted. Almost three quarters of them have been put off visiting friends and family, and 65% have missed out on social occasions.

The lack of AV also led to people with sight loss missing job interviews (9%), turning down jobs (14%), being late for work (34%) and even losing a job (2%).

For more information about these results you can download the full executive summary of the Road to Nowhere Report (PDF 1,459kb) or (Word 58kb). An executive summary specifically for Northern Ireland is also available for download (Word 41kb).





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Executive Summary

Cover of the Road to Nowhere report, a silhouette of a missing guide dog and its owner appears sat down on a crowded bus.

Download a full copy of the Road to Nowhere executive summary (PDF 1,459kb) or (Word 58kb). An executive summary specifically for Northern Ireland is also available to download (Word 41kb)