Bus passengers in Oxford will benefit from more buses being equipped with on-board audio-visual next-stop information.
The charity Guide Dogs has welcomed the additional buses to The Oxford Bus Company fleet. Guide Dog’s community engagement officer for the region, Clive Wood, says: “Having more buses around the city that have on-board audio information is fantastic news for blind and partially sighted people. This technology makes independent travel for people with sight loss so much easier and less stressful. We hope that more bus operators across the UK will follow The Oxford Bus Company by introducing audio-visual information systems on buses”.
Guide Dogs has campaigned for many years to have audio-visual information compulsory on all buses across the UK. Its campaign took a big step forward in late 2016 when the government made an amendment to the Bus Services Bill (now Act) to require all bus operators to provide accessible next-stop and final-destination information for people with vision impairments.
Phil Southall, managing director of The Oxford Bus Company, says: “We are fully committed to making our services as accessible as possible for all of our passengers and support the Guide Dogs campaign. Half of our bus fleet, 55 buses, are now fully equipped with audio-visual technology that ensures our visually impaired passengers receive additional support during their journeys. The feedback we have received from passengers has been fantastic and we look forward to building on this excellent progress as we continue to update our fleet.”