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Transport plans for 2012 step up a gear with South West Trains

Transport plans for 2012 step up a gear with South West Trains

Members of the public from Dorset and the South West are invited to South West Trains ‘Try the Train’ event at Poole Railway Station on Thursday 16th October as transport plans step up a gear in preparation for Dorset’s role in hosting the Sailing events for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

South West Trains are hosting the event to highlight the accessibility of train travel. Groups that may need to use accessible elements of transport include disabled and older people, including wheelchair users, people with visual or hearing impairments and people with learning difficulties.

The aim of ‘Try the Train’ is to introduce train travel to people who may not know the extent of the accessibility on the trains, and those who have not used the train before. It will also provide a forum for those who regularly use accessible public transport to discuss the transport plans for 2012 with officials from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and South West Trains.

The event will provide information about rail travel, specific rail journeys, information about getting assistance during journeys and an opportunity to experience train travel first hand.

The event is open to individuals, carers and local groups. In order to help us plan the train availability on the day, we would ask groups planning to attend the day to contact our Customer Service Centre (details below)

Paul Bentley, Access and Integration Manager for South West Trains said:

“We are aware that there are a number of people who lack the confidence or knowledge to travel by rail and we want to encourage and support them to use our services. I believe this day will provide an excellent introduction to rail travel.”

Mark Todd, Accessibility Officer for the ODA said:

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games is an opportunity to inspire change across London and Great Britain, and we are making plans with Train Operating Companies like South West Trains to improve services not just during the Games, but well beyond 2012.

“South West Trains are doing a great job in hosting this event, and I hope it is the first of many. Weymouth is set to host the sailing in 2012 and we need to make sure that absolutely everyone who wants to go and see this great event will be able to.”