Brighton & Hove City Council is in the running for a national award for a package of innovative measures to make it easy for everyone to travel around the city by bus.
The city council is shortlisted for an accessibility award at the UK Bus Awards taking place in London on November 18.
The nomination comes for three pioneering projects to solve practical everyday problems for passengers with disabilities, who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to travel by bus:
Talking Bus Stops
The council introduced 20 'talking bus stops' for blind and partially sighted passengers last year.
The scheme - believed to be the first of its kind in the country - has made a big difference to users, giving them greater confidence and independence to travel by bus.
People using the scheme have a battery-operated key fob which alerts them when they are near one of the talking bus stops. By pressing the fob the bus stop ‘talks’ to them, giving them details of which services are due, and where they are going to.
Travel Buddy Project
Travel Buddy is a training scheme to empower people with learning disabilities to travel more independently around the city. 30 volunteer 'travel buddies' have been trained to help other people with learning disabilities to travel by bus, as part of a joint project between the council's public transport team and the Grace Eyre Foundation. Travel Buddy will mean fewer people relying on door to door transport, which has huge benefits in terms of their confidence and quality of life.
Accessible bus stops
Raised kerbs and low-floor buses are making it easier for older people, parents with buggies and people with mobility problems to get on and off buses, as a result of the council working closely with Brighton & Hove Bus Company. For some people this has made the difference between them being housebound and able to travel independently.
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