Barbara is supporting a campaign led by the charity Guide Dogs to make travelling by bus easier for people with sight loss.
The MP for Worsley and Eccles South went to an event at Westminster in support of Guide Dogs’ campaign to make sure all new buses have audio visual equipment for next stop announcements. These are considered vital for blind and partially sighted bus travellers.
Announcements enable blind and partially sighted people to understand their location and prevent them from missing their stops. However, only one fifth of buses nationally have audio visual systems fitted and most of these are on buses operating in London.
“I am joining Guide Dogs in calling for the Government to require all new buses be fitted with audio visual equipment for next stop announcements. Currently, bus operators are under no obligation to include this technology when upgrading their bus fleet.
“Constituents with sight loss have told me that, without such announcements, bus travel can be difficult and stressful. They have to miss out on social occasions and family activities because they find travelling on public transport so daunting.”
“It is time that bus operators were required to provide next stop announcements so that bus travel was not off limits for blind and visually impaired people.”