Bastille Day ‘transport revolution’

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Members of the Carrick Over 50’s Forum are hoping to start a public transport revolution in Cornwall on Bastille Day.

The group, which is chaired by Judith Whiteley, is holding an event at Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth on Wednesday, July 14, to raise awareness of public transport accessibility.

Starting at 11am the group want to meet with public transport users and managers and start talks on how sites can become more accessible in future.

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“This is an issue that affects a lot of people,” said Whiteley.

“We’ve chosen Prince of Wales Pier as it is the perfect example. It acts as a public transport hub for buses and ferries, but how accessible is it with its steep and narrow steps, as well as a bus stop which is too small for disabled-access buses.

“Most people think of accessibility issues as affecting those who disabled or elderly, but we need to think about everyone.”

Tim Light, managing director of Cornwall Ferries, is backing the campaign and said: “Anything that creates a discussion to improve accessibility on all public transport, including smaller ferries, is always welcome.

“There are no simple answers at this point in time and investment needs to be made on infrastructure, so we are happy to work alongside the Carrick Over 50’s Forum and Cornwall Council to develop a strategy to ensure that public transport becomes more accessible for everyone in the future.”