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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: £18m invested in improving access to London bus stops and Tube stations

Step-free access will become a reality at more of London’s bus stops and Tube stations thanks to an investment of £18 million by 2016.

With more than 1.3 million journeys made by disabled people in London every day, Transport for London (TfL) has announced improvements that will make “a real difference”, according to disability charities.

Under the plans, 70 percent of bus stops will have step-free access by spring 2013, and 28 more underground and overground train stations will become step-free within the next ten years.

An additional £50 million will be invested in improving bus staff training over the next ten years, including giving additional guidance to drivers to enable them to offer greater assistance to disabled passengers.

Faryal Velmi, Director of Transport for All, said: “Involving disabled and older people in the training of transport staff and investment to make 95 percent of bus stops accessible will make a real difference to our ability to get out and about with freedom and independence.”

In other news, many disabled people feel unable to visit loved ones at Christmas as much as they’d like due to a lack of disabled access, a survey by Adapted Vehicle Hire has found.