National Centre for Accessible Transport launch event

UK: The National Centre for Accessible Transport has been launched to undertake research into ways of ensuring that rail, road, air, sea and other modes are accessible to all.

‘It is vital that we listen to what disabled people have to say about their experiences of public and private transport and use this information to change the future of travel’, said Professor Paul Herriotts, who heads the centre which was officially launched at Coventry University’s National Transport Design Centre on February 16.

He said that rail is very much at the centre of what the NCAT will be looking at.

‘NCAT will use research and insights to influence key decision-makers in the transport sector and local and national government to ensure that the way disabled people travel and get from one place to another is made much easier’, he said.

The £20m project is being funded by the Motability charity for the next seven years, and brings together a consortium of the Connected Places Catapult, Designability, Policy Connect, Research Institute for Disabled Consumers and WSP.