European Commission improves access to rail travel for passengers with reduced mobility

On 18 November, the European Commission adopted a regulation to improve the access to rail travel for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility through new technical requirements such as mandatory tactile walking surface indicators, increased door opening width, minimum lighting in all train areas and flatter ramps in wheelchair areas.

The new rules will be applicable as of January 2015 across the whole European railway network.

More information on the European Commission’s website:

AGE Platform Europe had been involved in this work thanks to the contribution of two AGE experts, Peter Rayne and Frans Moltzer, who took part in the negotiation meetings at the European Rail Agency.

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