Towards secure and accessible rail stations: research project Fair Stations holds final event

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Tomorrow, 3 December, marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a day set by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness about the problems people with disabilities face in everyday life. This year, the IDPD focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’.

Leaving no one behind is an essential motto at UITP: we strive to promote inclusive, accessible and safe public transport for all, every day - a challenge that has never been more pressing following recent urban growth and densifying urban environments.

With this in mind, UITP in 2017 joined the Fair Stations project. Co-funded by the European Union, the project aims to develop solutions for improved user flow within train stations, hereby paying special attention to the needs of people with reduced mobility. Joining eight partners, Fair Stations is drawing to a close soon, and is therefore having its final event on Wednesday 11 December in Brussels.

During the event, project partners will present the major results achieved by the project, focused on an approach towards safety and accessibility in the design and development of railway stations, with the aim of obtaining the best balance between the needs of passengers and the infrastructural constraints. This will be complemented by a virtual demonstration of the proof-of-concepts developed within the project. The full agenda of the day can be found here!

It is essential for cities to recognise and act on their responsibility to remove the barriers in public transport and ensure that everyone has equal access to mobility. Are you a city authority or a representative? To measure and track the performance of your area when it comes to accessibility of public transport, the SUMI (Sustainable Urban Mobility Indicators) project has launched an online training course on sustainable urban mobility indicators.

During the course, experienced tutors will provide insights to familiarise participants with the SUMI indicator set and to offer guidance in the process of applying the indicators with real-world examples. The online training course counts four themes, of which one (Public Transport System) specifically focuses of accessibility of public transport. The eCourse will be active until 13 December, so register now!

Attendance for the Fair Station Final Event is free of charge but registration is mandatory – you can register here!

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