EU – Turkey Joint Project Aims to Facilitate Access to Transport Services for Disabled Passengers
This week is marked by highlights of EU – Turkey cooperation in the transport sector. After the high-level dialogue in Brussels on Monday that adopted a new Road Safety Action Plan, today Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, HE. Ahmet Arslan and First Counsellor of The Delegation of The European Union to Turkey Ireneusz Fidos kicked off a joint EU-Turkey project that is to increase access of disabled passengers to transport services in Turkey. 200 key project stakeholders attended the launch event.
The project with a budget of approximately €1,8 million aims to reach some 8.5 million disabled people in Turkey. The accessible transport strategy to be developed under the project will improve inter-modal journeys and raise the public's awareness on accessibility issues in public transport. Ten workshops are planned to develop accessibility within transport action plans.
Five Turkish cities will be assisted to apply pilot projects on accessibility in transport, by considering best practices in the field and exploring options best suited to their situations. 160 municipality staff will profit of trainings in order for them to carry on a dialogue with transport providers on better meeting the needs of older and disabled passengers. The project will, moreover, raise awareness nationally across the entire Turkish society about the value of accessible public transport, through a publicity and events campaign.
On the occasion of the project launch, the Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said "This project presents an excellent opportunity to use EU funding to help build a more sustainable transport system that includes people with reduced mobility as a matter of fact. The project gives beneficiaries the opportunity to place transport accessibility into a coherent strategic framework and show that it can be achieved in practice. We hope that all stakeholders join us in actively supporting the project and delivering success."
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