Greater Manchester’s Metrolink system has picked up its second award of the year for accessibility, as transport officials were praised for their “commitment to independent living”.
The Transport for Greater Manchester Disability Design Reference Group (DDRG) won the ‘Public
Sector Engagement’ award at Breakthrough UK’s National Independent Living Awards. The DDRG has been an integral part of the design process for the expanded Metrolink network since 2008. Its 11 members, who represent people with a range of disabilities, give practical advice on accessibility issues which is making a huge difference to passengers.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “The Disability Design Reference Group’s work has helped us make Metrolink the most accessible form of transport in the region. I’m delighted to see their work recognised once again with this award. “Their input to the delivery of our Future Metrolink programme has been invaluable. The group has given us crucial feedback on everything from the design of new tram stops through to the best positioning of handrails on stops and the seating layout on the trams. “The result is a tram network that is not only fully accessible, but much easier to use for passengers with disabilities.”