Government Accessibility, Accountability In Transport

The House of Commons is calling for citizen participation in accessibility planning. Photo by Adriano Aurelio Araujo.

In keeping with the social-contract, the United Kingdom House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee is calling for public input on its inquiry, “Transport and the Accessibility of Public Services’. The Committee is preparing for a synthesis of its near decade old “Making the Connections” report with the latest findings from the Department for Transport .

Whether you are a member of an organization or a member of the general public, the Committee is accepting submissions for the report on matters pertinent to accessibility and public transport via written correspondence. Submissions to the Environmental Audit Committee specifically are found here, along with a style guide provided by the House of Commons. The inquiry will look into public service accessibility, related policy spheres that impact the transport environment and the impacts of web accessibility as a replacement for transportation access services.

Previous reports have indicated that public transport serves “urban” areas better than “rural”  ones and details the contrast in accessibility. For instance, 82-percent of employment centers were “reasonably accessible”, while only 31-percent of hospitals had similar levels of services. If you are a citizen of the U.K.  you can be the judge of what “reasonably accessible” actually means.

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