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Bus operators 'catering for disabled passengers'



Bus operators in south-west England have hit back at claims that they are not offering adequate provision for disabled people.

A report by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign found that many people with mobility problems are being forced to pay more to travel, because many forms of transport are unsuitable for their needs.

However, bus operator First has insisted that it makes every effort to meet legal standards and offer easy access to wheelchair-bound passengers, reports the Western Morning News.

A spokesman commented: "68 per cent of the buses that we operate in Devon and Cornwall are low floor, easy access vehicles.

"This makes us the largest operator of low floor, easy access buses in the region."

First Great Western added that it takes the needs of disabled customers "very seriously" and is working with the government as part of an ongoing programme to improve facilities.

Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Norman Baker said he hopes the findings will help to boost independence and improve the quality of life for people with mobility problems.




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