The first meeting of a ground-breaking Accessible Transport Policy Commission will take place this week.
Set-up by UK's first ever National Centre for Accessible Transport (NCAT), which was established earlier this year, the Commission is a cross-party Parliamentary forum of MPs and Peers who are committed to eliminating barriers to transport.
Chaired by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, the Commission will convene disabled people and transport professionals with policymakers to forge a new and more inclusive consensus about the future of the transport system.
The Commission's first meeting will bring together Parliamentarians, disabled transport experts, policymakers at all levels of government and transport industry leaders to discuss how the Commission and NCAT can work with the sector to help make transport in the UK more accessible.
“Whether it's to get to school, commute to work or visit friends, transport is a vital part of everyday life,” said Baroness Grey-Thomson.
“However, too many disabled people face extra obstacles because of poor accessibility. We don't want special treatment - only the same experience as everyone else.
“With the support of the National Centre for Accessible Transport, I'm looking forward to working with my fellow Commissioners to bring disabled people and transport professionals together with policymakers from across the UK to break down barriers so in future no one is left behind."
Funded by the Motability Foundation, with £20 million over the next seven years, NCAT will shape the future of transport by influencing the sector to ensure that all future travel systems have accessibility for disabled people at the heart of their creation and delivery.