Everyone should be able to travel by public transport. Also people with disabilities. That is why State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen (Infrastructure and Water Management), regional administrators, public transport companies and ProRail signed the Administrative Agreement on Public Transport Accessibility 2022-2032 today.
In this agreement, agreements have been made to ensure that public transport is fully accessible to everyone by 2040. In the Netherlands, 2 million people have a disability. For example, they are visually impaired, blind or deaf, have a physical or mental disability or psychological problems. They still experience obstacles in public transport, as a result of which they make little or no use of it. The Netherlands previously signed a UN treaty in which it was agreed to do something about this. This treaty is the basis for the agreement signed today.
The signatories have agreed, among other things, that travel information will become simpler and clearer, the accessibility of stops and platforms will be improved and that assistance will be provided more often to ensure that everyone can travel by public transport. It has also been agreed that people with disabilities and their representative organizations will be involved in drawing up new policy.
All parties see the administrative agreement not as an end point but as a starting point. Not all trains have toilets yet, but agreements have been made about how this will be done. Not all bus stops in the Netherlands are accessible yet, but there is now a plan for how this should be achieved by 2040.
Before 2032, the signatories of the administrative agreement are already taking major steps towards accessible public transport by 2040. The parties assume that the effect of the administrative agreement will be noticeable for travelers in the short term, according to the National government.
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