Letter by Chris Heaton-Harris, Minister of State, to the Rail Delivery Group extending the period of non-accessibility compliance for buses and coaches performing rail replacement duties.
The period of exemption is extended until 30 April 2020 subject to the conditions that:
- Train operating companies must source and use compliant vehicles wherever possible in the first instance, only using non-complaint vehicles that has been granted a special authorisation when other options have been exhausted.
- When no compliant vehicle is available terms of condition must provide alternative accessible transport for disabled passengers.
- Arrangements must be made in advance during planned engineering works to ensure alternative accessible transport is readily available.