After almost three years of work, the Technical Specifications for rail Interoperability on accessibility for persons with reduced mobility (TSI-PRM) have been adopted by the Member States on 30 January 2014. The Member States will be now obliged to identify existing barriers to accessibility of trains and stations and to progressively eliminate them based on strategic implementation plans.
AGE Platform Europe contributed to this work thanks to its participation in the working group of the European Railway Agency (ERA) dealing with the revision of the TSI-PRM. The working group includes the majority of the national safety agencies for railway, railway companies, industries providing coaches and other rolling stock material, and societal stakeholders such as the European Passenger Forum and the European Disability Forum. AGE will continue its participation in the working group of the European Railway Agency (ERA) to develop an application guide for the Member States and a tool to identify the existing obstacles to rail accessibility.
The final text of the TSI-PRM will be available in the coming weeks.