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Sustainable Transport Branch

Travel Safe Guide

The Department has launched a refreshed version of the Travel Safe Guide for people with learning disabilities. This Guide has been developed in partnership with a number of stakeholders as a learning tool to help people with learning disabilities how to travel safely and independently. You can find out more about the Guide on the NI Direct website, please use this link below:

The refreshed Travel Safe Guide has now been completed following further consultation with many of the groups previously approached in addition to several new organisations namely, Autism Network (NI), Disability Action and Volunteer Now. In consultation with the above groups, we have refocused and updated images and information on a number of key areas including, Personal Safety, Road Skills, Using the Bus/Train, and the former Door-2-Door service, now operated by Disability Action and known as the Disability Action Transport Service.

How to get a copy of the Travel Safe Guide

Please contact us using the details below:

Department for Regional Development
Governance Policy and Resources Group
Sustainable Transport Branch
3rd Floor
Clarence Court
10 – 18 Adelaide Street
Belfast
BT2 8GB

Access Travel Wallet

The ‘Access Travel Wallet’ scheme is the latest DRD initiative to help make journeys by bus or train easier for passengers with learning, hearing or visual needs.  You can find out more about the wallet on the NI Direct website, please use this link below:



Accessible Transport Strategy Action Plan 2012-2015

This publication by the Department of Regional Development is the fourth in a series of Action Plans to deliver the 10 year Accessible Transport Strategy (ATS) which was published in March 2005.

The First Year Monitoring Report reflects the progress of work undertaken from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. You can view this document by clicking on the link below

The Second Year Monitoring Report reflects the progress of work undertaken from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014. You can view the document by clicking on the link below.

Report on the Public Consultation on the Review of the Door 2 Door Scheme

The Department conducted a public consultation exercise on the Review of the Urban Door 2 Door service between 22 October 2012 and 14 January 2013. The Department published a Report on the public consultation on the Review of the Door 2 Door scheme on 16 May 2013. A copy is available by clicking on the link below.

You can view, or download, this document by clicking on the like below:

The Door-2-Door Transport scheme ended on 31 March 2013. The online facility to apply for membership is no longer available.

Changes to the Door-2-Door Transport service

An 'interim' scheme is being provided by Disability Action. Please contact them to find out more about their scheme:

Existing members of the Door-2-Door scheme will have automatically transferred to the new scheme and should continue using the same telephone number on their membership card to book journeys.

The Department has begun an evaluation of all of its transport policies and schemes to support social inclusion for older and disabled people and rural communities.  Subject to the timely availability of background information and stakeholder input, it is expected that this work will be completed by the end of 2013. The Department will then consider how best to take forward its conclusions.

Future Railway Investment.

The Department conducted a public consultation exercise between 14 January and 12 April 2013 seeking the views of the public and stakeholders on the priorities for future investment in our railways up to and beyond 2035.

A report which summarises the responses can be viewed by clicking on the links below where all of the comments received can be read in full.

Following consideration of the consultation responses and in conjunction with Translink, a Railway Investment Prioritisation Strategy has now been published. The document sets out the strategic direction for future railway investment over the next 20 years and the high level initiatives that need to be delivered to support the Strategy can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

The Accessible Transport Strategy Action Plan 2012 - 2015  

This publication by the Department of Regional Development is the fourth in a series of Action Plans to deliver the 10 year Accessible Transport Strategy (ATS) which was published in March 2005.  

You can view, or download, this document by clicking on the link below;

Accessible Transport Strategy 2012 - 2015  (PDF, 448kb)

The fourth action plan, to complete the strategy, identifies policies and actions to be progressed for the period 2012-2015. The First Year Monitoring Report for 2012-13 can be viewed below:

The Accessible Transport Strategy Action Plan 2012 - 2015:  First Year Monitoring Report for 2012-13  (PDF, 1.69MB)

Contact Details

If any of the documents above are not in a format which meet your needs please get in contact with us. We will be pleased to provide additional copies of this document in accessible formats e.g. in Large Print, Easyread, Braille, Audio CD or Daisy formats.

You can contact us at:

Sustainable Transport Branch
Governance, Policy and Resource Division
Department for Regional Development
Room 3-01 Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street
Belfast
BT2 8GB

Email us: atsinfo@drdni.gov.uk
Telephone: 028 9054 0468
Fax: 028 9054 0604
Textphone: 028 9054 0642

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