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Transport secretary George Young today launched two new guides designed to improve access to information on transpo...
Transport secretary George Young today launched two new guides designed to improve access to information on transport and travel for disabled people.

Sir George launched the fifth edition of 'Door to Door', a guide to transport and travel for disabled people and an updated Community and Voluntary Transport Database giving details of accessible transport throughout the country. Both have been produced for the department of transport by TRIPSCOPE, a voluntary organisation which provides transport and travel information to disabled people.

Speaking at the launch at TRIPSCOPE's offices in Ealing, West London, George Young said:

'I am delighted that my Department's Mobility Unit has been able to work closely with TRIPSCOPE on these two new publications.

'Together they are an immensely valuable part of the process of breaking down the barriers to independent living for disabled people. Availability of a range of accessible transport and equally important, information about it, is absolutely essential.

'Door to Door' aims to bring together information on available transport and travel opportunities. In 1982 when the first edition was published the choice was limited and, for many journeys there were few, if any, options.

'This fifth edition reflects the very considerable progress that has been made in recent years in opening up the range and quality of transport opportunities available to disabled people.

'There is now a growing range of fully accessible public transport and with the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995 steady progress will be made towards full accessibility.

'To expand upon the broad picture provided by 'Door to Door' we are also launching a much more detailed source of specific information about voluntary and community transport schemes and what they have to offer at a local level both to residents and visitors. Over 1000 schemes are listed and the information can be supplied by the Department's Mobility Unit or TRIPSCOPE direct from the database on an area specific basis.'

-- 'Door to Door - A guide to transport for disabled people' is available from HMSO priced £5.99 (ISBN 0-11-551747-2).

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